The novel transition metal saccharinato complexes of N-(2-hydroxyethyl)-ethylendiamine (HydEt-en) have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analyses, magnetic moments, UV-Vis and IR spectra. Coordination behaviour of HydEt-en has been studied. The Mn(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II), Cd(II) and Hg(II) form mononuclear complexes, while the Fe(II) and Co(II) complexes are dimeric. The crystal structures of the [Cu(sac)(2)(HydEt-en)(2)] and [Cd(sac)(2)(HydEt-en)(2)] complexes, where sac is the deprotonated form of saccharin, were determined by x-ray diffraction. The metal ions are octahedrally coordinated by these ligands. The amine ligand acts as a bidentate N-donor ligand and its ethanol group is not involved in coordination. The sac ions coordinate through the deprotonated N as a monodentate ligand. The NH and OH groups of the amine ligand are involved in intra- and intermolecular hydrogen bonding with the carbonyl and sulphonyl oxygens of the sac ions to form a three-dimensional infinite network.