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Chennai: A day after the CBI filed a charge sheet against Congress leader P Chi­dambaram’s wife Nalini al­leg­ing she had re­ceived Rs 1.4 crore from Saradha group of com­pa­nies re­lat­ing to a chit fund scam in West Ben­gal, Nalini Chi­dambaram was granted four weeks of in­terim an­tic­i­pa­tory bail by Madras High Court on Satur­day.

In a spe­cial sit­ting con­sti­tuted to hear the an­tic­i­pa­tory bail ap­pli­ca­tion moved by Nalini, Jus­tice G K Il­lan­thi­raiya passed the in­terim order grant­ing four weeks in­terim bail to her. The court also di­rected her to sur­ren­der be­fore the chief judicial mag­is­trate of Eg­more fur­nish­ing sureties and there­after ap­proach the ju­ris­dic­tional court con­cerned to ob­tain reg­u­lar an­tic­i­pa­tory bail.

In her pe­ti­tion, Nalini al­leged that the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment has been mis­us­ing cen­tral agen­cies by fil­ing false cases against mem­bers of the Chi­dambaram fam­ily for the last four years for po­lit­i­cal vendetta. “The present charge sheet is the lat­est in the se­ries Nalini Chi­dambaram’s name does not fig­ure in the pre­vi­ous CBI charge sheets against the pro­pri­etor of Saradha Group Sudipto Sen and his com­pa­nies in con­nec­tion with the scam

of false cases filed against the fam­ily. In course of the pro­fes­sion, I re­ceived fees from Saradha Realty Limited on be­half of Manoran­jana Sinh in con­nec­tion with Pos­i­tive TV which was val­ued at Rs 200 crore,” she said.

No­tably, her name does not fig­ure in the pre­vi­ous CBI charge sheets against the pro­pri­etor of Saradha Group Sudipto Sen and his com­pa­nies in con­nec­tion with the al­leged chit fund scam, she said.

Point­ing out that the CBI has already recorded in an ear­lier sup­ple­men­tary charge sheet that Rs 1.4 crore was paid to the pe­ti­tioner to­wards her le­gal ex­penses, she con­tended that there can­not be a change in the CBI’s stand by chang­ing the colour of the pay­ment from a le­gal fee to bribe money.

There can­not be a change in the CBI’s stand by chang­ing the colour of the pay­ment from a le­gal fee to bribe money. Nalini Chi­dambaram in her pe­ti­tion

Nalini Chi­dambaram (R) with her son Karti Chi­dambaram (C)

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