Nalini Chi­dambaram gets ad­vance bail in Saradha chit fund scam case

She has to sur­ren­der be­fore the Chief Ju­di­cial Mag­is­trate and fur­nish nec­es­sary sureties

Sunday Express - - NEWS -

THE Madras High Court has granted in­terim ad­vance bail to Nalini, wife of for­mer Union Fi­nance Min­is­ter P Chi­dambaram, who feared ar­rest in con­nec­tion with the Saradha chit fund multi-crore scam case in Kolkatta.

Jus­tice G K Il­lan­thi­raiyan granted the re­lief at a spe­cial sit­ting at the High Court, on Satur­day.

Grant­ing the re­lief for four weeks with a con­di­tion that she should sur­ren­der be­fore the Chief Ju­di­cial Mag­is­trate and fur­nish nec­es­sary sureties, the judge said that she should also ap­pear be­fore the ju­ris­dic­tional court con­cerned and ob­tain reg­u­lar an­tic­i­pa­tory bail.

The CBI had filed a charge sheet against her, al­leg­ing that she had re­ceived `1.4 crore from Saradha group of com­pa­nies in Kolkatta, which was mired with a chit fund scam run­ning to sev­eral thou­sand crores of ru­pees.

Nalini con­tended that the present case is the lat­est in the se­ries of false ones foisted against her and her fam­ily mem­bers. She claimed that she, a se­nior ad­vo­cate, had re­ceived the fees from Saradha Realty Lim­ited on be­half of Manor anj ana Sinh, in con­nec­tion with Pos­i­tive TV which was val­ued at `200 crore.

The CBI had al­ready recorded, in an ear­lier sup­ple­men­tary charge sheet that `1.4 crore was paid to her to­wards le­gal ex­penses, she pointed out. The CBI can­not change the colour of the pay­ment from a le­gal fee to bribe money, she con­tended.

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