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Trinamool questions Chidambaram's wife's role in advising Saradha Group

New Delhi, Apr 25: On the backfoot over the chit fund scam in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress today raised questions over the role of a senior Chennai-based lawyer who is married to a Congress union

PTI PTI Updated on: April 25, 2013 20:03 IST
trinamool questions chidambaram s wife s role in advising
trinamool questions chidambaram s wife s role in advising saradha group

New Delhi, Apr 25: On the backfoot over the chit fund scam in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress today raised questions over the role of a senior Chennai-based lawyer who is married to a Congress union minister.

 


Sudipta Sen, Chairman of the scandal-ridden Saradha Group, who was arrested two days ago, has said in a purported letter to CBI that politicians, journalists and lawyers had blackmailed him and taken money assuring him protection.
 
Those named by him included TMC MPs Srinjoy Bose and Kunal Ghosh, who have denied the charges, a Congress minister from Assam and Nalini Chidambaram, wife of Finance Minister P Chidambaram.

Without mentioning her name, the TMC put a series of questions on its official website under the headline “Why was a Chennai lady lawyer fixing deals in the Saradha scam?Congress minister must clarify”.

Among the questions was the allegation by TMC that the woman lawyer charged Rs one crore to draft an agreement and asked why was she paid such a “generous” fee and what was the quid pro quo.

Another question was why was a lawyer from Chennai engaged when there were so many good lawyers were available in New Delhi and Guwahati.
 
However, sources close to Nalini Chidambaram rejected the allegation that she applied pressure on Saradha Group to invest in a northeast television channel.

Instead, she advised the channel against accepting funds from Saradha Group, the sources said.