Lalit Modi case: Former FM Chidambaram demands release of letters to UK authorities

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram

New Delhi, June 17: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said letters written to British authorities on Lalit Modi case during UPA rule should be released as they will answer the former IPL Commissioner’s accusations against him and Congress.

The former Finance Minister tweeted: “The complete answer to Mr Lalit Modi’s accusations against UPA can be found in the letters to the UK Chancellor. Release them.”

Chidambaram’s reaction came a day after Lalit Modi accused Congress and Chidambaram of making him a target of “political vendetta” in the aftermath of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor losing his ministerial job following the IPL scam.

Lalit Modi had attacked the Congress after it demanded resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for helping him get travel documents from the UK.

More than two years ago as Finance Minister, Chidambaram had asked the British government why it was not taking action against Lalit Modi, who had taken refuge in London after he was accused of a wide range of financial impropriety, including money laundering.

Chidambaram had taken up the issue during his meeting with the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in 2013. He had wanted Britain to deport him as Modi’s passport was impounded in India and his UK visa had run out.

Earlier on Monday, Modi in a series of tweets named a number of senior UPA ministers claiming his disclosures, which he termed as “bombshells”, would implicate the “erstwhile PMO”.

Former IPL chief said in a tweet: “Congress party should be watching this press conference. So should all who have jumped up and down in last few years.”

He further posted: “Lastly before I board another flight to another beautiful destination. This is war. So bring it on. I choose to lose a battle to win a war.”

Apparently referring to Opposition’s demand for Swaraj’s resignation, he said: “wrong people resignations are being asked. I can assure u now the storm is about to hit. Lots more resignations will be (sic),” adding “Now finally it’s my turn to get EVERYTHING OUT. THERE ARE MANY BOMBSHELLS. see for yourselves. Then judge.”

He also asked the UK government to look out for his disclosures “As there is lots of Q u will have to answer to media I can assure u.”

Lalit Modi warned of disclosing “Secret emails between govts exchanged. Lying to courts”.

(With Agency Inputs)

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