Sushma Swaraj controversy: Congress says BJP govt facilitated travel documents to Lalit Modi

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Published: June 15, 2015 9:03:47 PM

Sushma Swaraj controversy: The Congress on Monday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi facilitated the clearance of travel documents for former IPL chief Lalit Modi, and accused External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of overruling the communications sent by the former UPA regime to United Kingdom in this matter.

The Congress on Monday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi facilitated the clearance of travel documents for former IPL chief Lalit Modi, and accused External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of overruling the communications sent by the former UPA regime to United Kingdom in this matter.

“The documents and facts have established the ‘Modi gate’ scandal; not only was the country’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj involved but the entire BJP government was totally involved in helping a person wanted by the law. It has become clear that all this was done with the approval of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told mediapersons.

“Lalit Modi was involved in money laundering, betting and hawala. He was wanted by the agencies and he escaped from the nation…..Then Finance Minister P Chidambaram, had requested UK to take action against Lalit Modi. In June 2013, Chidambaram had made an official request to the UK, on behalf of Government India, to take action against Lalit Modi. The current Foreign Minister has overruled all that,” he added.

He further stated that various documents and facts suggest that Lalit Modi had close links with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.

Swaraj had on Sunday said she had taken a humanitarian view of Lalit Modi’s case since his wife was suffering from cancer.

She further said that British MP Keith Vaz had spoken to her on the same, adding she believes that giving an Indian citizen ’emergency travel documents’ cannot spoil relations between India and the UK.

Vaz, who is facing an inquiry in the UK over the role he played in Lalit Modi receiving his travel papers, said that he had checked with the Indian Government before taking any action and added that he had received a ‘no objection’ from New Delhi.

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