CBI denies summoning Chidambaram's wife in Saradha scam

The Central Bureau of Investigation today denied media reports that it had issued a summons to former finance minister P Chidambaram's lawyer wife Nalini Chidambaram in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.

The CBI headquarters denied that it has sent summons to the Chennai-based lawyer.

Earlier reports said Nalini Chidambaram had been asked to be present at the CBI's Kolkata office on 10 March. The CBI has named Nalini Chidambaram in the sixth supplementary charge-sheet filed in the Saradha scam.

She was named neither as witness nor accused, but as one privy to certain information on the controversial channel deal.

Nalini, along with the estranged wife of former Union minister Matang Sinh, Manoranjana Sinh, Saradha group chairman Sudipta Sen and businessman Santanu Ghosh was named in the supplementary charge-sheet in January this year.

Nalini is supposed to know about the controversial deal between Matang's company GNN India and Saradha group.

A report in 2014 had quoted sources as saying that Sudipta Sen had mentioned hiring Nalini as a lawyer at the request of Manoranjana Sinh.

Sen claimed that Rs1 crore had been paid to Nalini as her legal fee by the Saradha group. Nalini represented Manoranjana and therefore was asked to offer her professional advice in her negotiations with Sen in connection with plans by the group to acquire a TV channel in the northeast.