The Madras High Court has dismissed a petition filed by Senior Advocate Nalini Chidambaram for quashing a summons by Enforcement Directorate (ED) under section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA)

Yet another attempt by Nalini Chidambaram, the advocate wife of Congress strongman and former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram to stonewall the summons issued to her by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case came to nought on Tuesday.

A Division Bench of the Madras High Court dismissed on Tuesday Nalini Chidambaram’s appeal for quashing the April 24 order of Justice S M Subramaniam who had dismissed her petition seeking exemption from appearing before the ED for questioning .

Justices M M Sundresh and Anand Venkatesh dismissed the appeal  filed by Nalini Chidambaram against ED summons requiring her personal appearance for investigation in the Saradha chit fund scam case. The court asked the Enforcement Directorate to issue fresh summons with new dates.

The case had its origin in September 2016 when the ED issued a summons to Nalini asking her to present herself as a witness in the Saradha Chit Fund scam case in its Kolkatta office.

The ED summons was based on the statement given by Manoranjana Sinh, an accused in the Saradha Chit Fund scam that Nalini was paid Rs One crore by the Saradha Group  for her appearances in court and Company Law Board in connection with  the purchase of a TV channel.

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