Saradha scam: Chidambaram's wife gets bail

  • | Saturday | 12th January, 2019

CHENNAI: In a major relief to senior advocate Nalini Chidambaram , wife of former Union minister P Chidambaram, the Madras high court on Saturday granted her interim anticipatory bail in connection with Saradha chit fund scam.Justice GK Illanthiraiyan passed the interim order in a special sitting constituted to hear the anticipatory bail application moved by Nalini. "The present chargesheet is the latest in the series of false cases filed against the family. The person can appear before the court concerned after receipt of summons, she added. The judge granted four weeks interim bail to Nalini and directed her to surrender before the chief judicial magistrate, Egmore furnishes sureties and thereafter, approach the jurisdictional court concered and obtain regular anticipatory bail.Nalini moved the application as the CBI filed a chargesheet against her alleging she had received Rs 1.4 crore from Saradha group of companies, involved in a chit fund scam on Friday.According to Nalini, the central government has been misusing the central agencies by filing false cases against the members of Chidambaram's family for the last four years motivated by political vendetta. In course of her profession, I received fees from Saradha Realty Limited on behalf of Manoranjana Sinh in connection with Positive TV which was valued at Rs 200 crores," Nalini said.On January 11 CBI filed sixth supplementary chargesheet before the additional chief judicial magistrate, Alipur, 24 Pargana, West Bengal for alleged offences under sections 120B, 420, 406, 409 of the IPC, counsel for Nalini said.Pointing out that the CBI has already recorded in an earlier supplementary chargesheet that Rs 1.4 crore was paid to the petitioner towards her legal expenses, she contended that there cannot be a change in stand by CBI by changing the colour of the payment from a legal fee to bribe money.She further argued that as per the law, after registration of an FIR and till the time of filing chargesheet, if a person is not arrested, then he/she needs not to be subjected to custodial investigation.

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