Enforcement Directorate, has summoned Nalini Chidambaram, wife of politician, and former Finance Minister, P Chidambaram, to appear in the ED’s CGO complex in Kolkata on June 20. She has been ordered to be present for investigation in the Saradha Chit fund scam, or Saradha Ponzi scam. This isn’t the first time her name has surfaced in relation to the case, as she was previously summouned by ED on May 7 but appealed to Madras High Court against the summons. She has challenged the decision made by Justice SM Subramaniam to dismiss her petition about appearing before the ED jury for the investigation in the case.
She had appealed to the court, under the section CrPC Sec 160, citing that women can’t appear before the court out of their place of home, saying that she isn’t an exemptions in the case, and the circumstances of the individual are also considered if she is able to present to the court or not.
The Enforcement Directorate want her testimony under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), and her relation and involvement in the scam. It is rumored that she was paid by the Saradha Ponzi company, a hefty sum of 1.26 crores for her appearance in the court. The court had asked the ED to release a summouns for Nalini, and it was decided that she would be called to the court on May 7. The Chidambaram family has been mired in controversial scams, as Nalini’s son, Karty is being investigated for his involvment in the INX Media case, and whether he took bribe from Indrani and Peter Mukerjea for approving licenses. He was arrested by the police in Chennai, as he was returning from a trip to England. He is out on bail, but P Chidambaram has also been roped into the case.