Pradhan ducks question on Sushma Swaraj-Lalit Modi’s travel visa documents row

By: | Published: June 15, 2015 3:22 PM

Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday avoided commenting on the ongoing row over External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj helping former IPL boss Lalit Modi with his travel documents in the UK, saying that he was not aware of the issue.

Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday avoided commenting on the ongoing row over External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj helping former IPL boss Lalit Modi with his travel documents in the UK, saying that he was not aware of the issue.

“I have just landed in Patna, I do not have information on the issue. Let me know about the issue then I will comment,” Pradhan said.

The External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier admitted to helping Lalit Modi with his travel documents, but made it clear that she did so only on humanitarian grounds.

Amid calls for her resignation by the opposition parties, Sushma Swaraj tried to clarify her position via a series of tweets.

Sushma Swaraj said that she took a humanitarian view of Modi’s case since his wife was suffering from cancer.

“Taking a humanitarian view, I conveyed to the British High Commissioner that “British Government should examine the request of Lalit Modi as per British rules and regulations. If the British Government chooses to give travel documents to Lalit Modi that will not spoil our bilateral relations,” she tweeted.

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