Saradha chit fund scam: Nalini Chidambaram named in CBI chargesheet
The CBI has filed a chargesheet against Nalini Chidambaram, wife of former finance minister P Chidambaram, in connection with its money laundering probe into the Saradha Ponzi scam.
The chargesheet has been filed in the Barasat court in Kolkata.
Nalini Chidambaram is accused of taking a bribe of Rs 1.4 crore in the Ponzi scheme scam.
CBI says that Nalini Chidambaram conspired with Sudipta Sen - proprietor and promoter of Saradha group, with an intention of cheating and misappropriation of funds. She took Rs 1.4 crore between 2010 to 2014.
The CBI alleged that Manoranjana Sinh, the estranged wife of former Union minister Matang Sinh, introduced Sen to Nalini Chidambaram to manage probes by various agencies like SEBI, ROC against him for which she allegedly received Rs 1.4 crore during 2010-12 through his companies.
Nalini Chidambaram was first summoned in September 2016 as a witness in the Saradha chit fund scam case. Nalini, who was the counsel for Saradha Group, had been allegedly paid a legal fee of Rs 1.26 crore for her appearances in court over a TV channel deal.
This is the sixth supplementary chargesheet that has been filed. In this chargesheet, Nalini Chidambaram has been named. Anubhuti Printers and Publications Private Limited and Sudipta Sen are co-accused along with Nalini Chidambaram.
What is Saradha scam
The Saradha group had raised Rs 2,500 crore from people luring with attracting interest rates which were not repaid.
Sen had closed operations of the company in 2013 after failing to pay returns.
The West Bengal government had formed the SIT in 2013 with officers drawn from the state's CID and Kolkata Police. The Supreme Court ordered a probe into the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam and transferred the case to CBI in 2014.
Thousands of investors were left in the lurch by the scam and it led to the arrest of many leaders and ministers of the state's ruling Trinamool Congress. All of them are now out on bail.
Saradha group founder Sudipta Sen and his associate Debjani Mukherjee, arrested in 2013 from Kashmir, are in custody.