Visa row: Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje denies backing Lalit Modi`s immigration application

File pic: Vasundhara Raje, Lalit modi

Jaipur, June 16: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Tuesday denied the knowledge of the documents which claim that she had backed former IPL chairman Lalit Modi’s immigration application.

According to reports, the documents released by Lalit Modi’s public relations team reveal that Vasundhara Raje had backed the former IPL chief’s UK immigration application in August 2011 on the condition that her support would be kept a secret.

Vasundhara Raje reportedly said: “I have always known the family, I have never denied that. I do not know what documents you people are talking about.”

The BJP leader Kailash, Nath Bhatt, on Tuesday said that Vasundhara Raje had not extended any help to the former IPL chairman and added that the authenticity of the documents claiming the same were yet to be verified.

Bhatt said: “Vasundhara Raje ji has not extended any such help…She has not been in touch with Lalit Modi for many years now. This is opposition’s conspiracy…The document’s authenticity still remains unverified…Sushma ji has been helping many Indians. If she did something for Lalit Modi on humanitarian grounds, what’s wrong with that?”

Meanwhile, the BJP is in the middle of mammoth controversy after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had on Sunday said she had taken a humanitarian view of Lalit Modi’s case since his wife was suffering from cancer.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley earlier said that all the allegations against Sushma Swaraj are ‘baseless’ adding that whatever she did was with a ‘good intention’.

“All allegations are baseless. Her statement and the party president’s statement have also come out. Whatever she did was with a good intention, the government as well as the party have agreed on this. The ED has investigated several cases against Lalit Modi, showcause notices have been issued in many of them,” said Jaitley while addressing a joint press conference with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the ongoing row over External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and former IPL chairman Lalit Modi is not a ‘Sushma issue’ but ‘Narendra Modi issue’ as he is the one who is running the government.

He said: “I had said this before as well that this is not a ‘Sushma issue’ but ‘Narendra Modi’ issue. They are trying to save Modi not Sushma. There is only one person who is running the government. Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister, he is running the country and he is the one trying to save himself. I had called it a suit-boot ki sarkar earlier but gradually people will realise that it is a suit-boot and loot ki sarkaar.”

Earlier on Sunday, Swaraj 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 thesame, 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 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.

(With Agency Inputs)


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