Saradha case: ED summons Nalini Chidambaram to Kolkata office

NEW DELHI: In fresh trouble for the family of former finance minister P Chidambaram, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned his wife Nalini in connection with its money laundering probe into the Saradha ponzi scam.

Officials said Nalini has been summoned at the Kolkata office of the central probe agency on May 7.

The agency wants to record her statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) with regard to a specific link of her in this case, they said.

The Madras High Court had last week dismissed a petition by Nalini in which she had challenged these ED summons to her to appear as a witness in this case.

Justice S M Subramaniam had rejected Nalini’s contention that women cannot be called for investigation out of their place of residence under CrPC Section 160 (police officer’ s power to require attendance of witnesses), saying such exemptions are not mandatory and are subject to facts and circumstances of a case. (AGENCIES)