The Enforcement Directorate has issued fresh summons to Nalini Chidambaram, lawyer and wife of former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, in the Saradha chit fund scam, PTI reported on Monday.
Nalini Chidambaram is believed to have been paid Rs 1 crore controversial television channel purchase deal. The Enforcement Directorate had summoned her previously too in connection with the case, which she claims is politically motivated.
The Enforcement Directorate said Nalini Chidambaram has been asked to present herself at the agency’s Kolkata office on June 20 to record her statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The Enforcement Directorate had last summoned her on May 7, but she appealed against the summons before the Madras High Court. In her appeal, Nalini Chidambaram challenged an April 24 order of Justice SM Subramaniam dismissing her petition against the agency’s summons asking her to appear as a witness in the Saradha chit fund scam case.
The agency had first issued summons to Chidambaram on September 7, 2016, asking her to appear at its Kolkata office as a witness in the case.
The chit fund scam, which surfaced in 2013, is said to have cheated more than a million small investors – the majority of them in West Bengal – of around Rs 2,000 crore. Sudipto Sen, former chairman of Saradha and the main accused in the case, is currently in jail.