Lalit Modi fires fresh salvo against Rajiv Shukla, Congress

In a series of tweets, the former IPL commissioner asked Mr. Shukla to reveal who paid for his private jet trips to London.

Updated - April 03, 2016 05:03 am IST

Published - June 22, 2015 10:36 pm IST

Picture shows Youth Congress members wearing Lalit Modi and Sushma Swaraj masks during a protest at Teen Murti in New Delhi.

Picture shows Youth Congress members wearing Lalit Modi and Sushma Swaraj masks during a protest at Teen Murti in New Delhi.

A day after >launching a frontal attack on Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley , former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, on Monday, targeted former Union Minister Rajiv Shukla, who was the IPL Chairman during Mr. Modi's time.

In a series of tweets, Mr. Modi said: “Will all congress party members specifically @ShuklaRajiv a #minister in #congress advise who #paid for all his #private jet trips - or was Ashok Chaturvedi just did it as a favor to you. Amongst many other planes you took. What favor did you provide them. Let all congress ministers provide such data. Let DGCA make public the Passenger manifest in last 10 years as a start.”

Ashok Chaturvedi is the founder of Uflex Limited, who was >sentenced to four-year imprisonment in a Noida land scam case. He is currently > out on bail and has appealed against the verdict.

He went on to call Mr. Shuka, Mr. Jaitley, Anurag Thakur, Jagmohan Dalmia and N. Srinivasan as the "Gang of Five who work together."

Mr. Modi tweeted more: “My specific Query to Congress Party - specifically - has the Modi Group or as a matter of fact any group ever provided you any of your MP's any hospitality, favors, election funding, rides on planes, hotel, cars, dinners, plants in your constituency etc etc”

He even charged that some the Congress MPs had asked him and the BCCI for favours “to include their sons in IPL teams.”

Mr. Modi also >uploaded details of his cases and notices from all departments along with his answers and rebuttals.

Mr. Modi also claimed Mr. Jaitley, who was then the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, met him "alone in #london for hours at the #stjamescourt taj hotel."

Mr. Modi charged that BCCI, IPL and state cricket association members misappropriated money by "double charging" or falsely claiming travel allowance.

Mr. Modi tweeted: "Will all members who have taken TA / DA FROM @IPL AND @BCCI AND STATE ASSOCIATIONS REPORTED THAT INCOME. IF NOT WHY ? I can tell u now they all took in cash first class fare, hotel stay etc and a lot of them double charged it either to ministry or co or came on a private plane but still took the cash. Now what would you call that? I told and gave IT PEOPLE ALL DOCS BUT THEY BURIED IT"

Mr. Modi used his Instagram account for further "revelations'. He claimed several politicians such as Ghulam Nabi Azad, Farooq Abdullah, Arun Jaitley, Karunanidhi, Karti Chidambaram and "100s more" enjoyed IPL hospitality in box seats, that would usually cost "between Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 3 lakhs."

Top developments

1 Mr. Modi alleged that Mr. Jaitley had control over the BCCI for decades and had continued to stick by his “oldest friend” — former Board president N. Srinivasan — even after the media and the court found him guilty. >Read more
2 A report in the Sunday Times said Mr. Modi had used the names of Prince of Wales Charles and Duke of York Prince Andrew in support of his claim for a travel permit. >Read more
3 Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria admitted that he had met Mr. Modi in London last year, but clarified that he had asked him to return to Mumbai and lodge a case in connection with underworld threats to his life. >Read more
4 Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asked Mr. Maria to “provide information officially to the government as to what he has said in the media”. >Read more
5 Mr. Modi had dismissed allegations levelled against him in the controversy, saying that he was being targeted as part of a political conspiracy aimed at destabilising the Narendra Modi government. >Read more
6 Mr. Modi's counsel Mehmood Abdi accused former UPA Ministers Salman Khursheed, P. Chidambaram and Shashi Tharoor of being behind the current controversy.
7 BJP MP Kirti Azad, hinting at a feud within the party on Twitter, referred to a party insider playing a role in leaking information about Ms. Swaraj’s recommendation and her family’s association with Mr. Modi. >Read more
8 The U.K. said it will not probe into the allegations against Labour party MP Keith Vaz. The Commissioner for Standards examined a complaint of conflict-of-interest and dismissed it for lack of sufficient evidence. >Read more
9 The Union government and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh came out in full support of Ms. Swaraj. Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah said the recommendation was made on “humanitarian” and not “moral” grounds. >Read more
10 Ms. Swaraj defended her decision to recommend travel documents for former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi, after taking a "humanitarian view" and asserted that she asked the British government to examine his request and follow the rules.
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