Sushma Swaraj gets Centre’s backing in Lalit Modi visa row

By: | Published: June 15, 2015 1:31 PM

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the PM Narendra Modi-led government stands with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who took a humanitarian approach and helped former IPL chairman Lalit Modi receive travel documents despite the red corner notice against him still in effect.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government stands with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who took a humanitarian approach and helped former IPL chairman Lalit Modi receive travel documents despite the red corner notice against him still in effect.

“Sushma Swarajji has done the right thing. A person with humanitarian perspective should take the same steps. She had only told the British High Commissioner that if the United Kingdom’s rules allowed him to help [Lalit Modi] then India would raise no objections. We justify her actions and the government is completely with her on her stand,” Singh said.

Sushma Swaraj had earlier in the day said that 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 Narendra 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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