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Why Govt. not making efforts to bring Lalit back: Cong.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sushma Swaraj during an event in New Delhi. File photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sushma Swaraj during an event in New Delhi. File photo  

Afzal attacked the government and BJP alleging that they were "shielding" Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje.

Unrelenting in its attack over the >Lalitgate controversy, Congress on Friday wondered why the government was not making any efforts to bring former IPL boss Lalit Modi back to India.

Congress also termed as “condemnable” the reported allegations against President Pranab Mukherjee that he, as Finance Minister in the then UPA government, spearheaded the party’s “revenge” politics against Lalit Modi.

“Allegations against the President are condemnable. What the government is doing to bring him back? Why red corner notice has not been issued to him?

“Why the government has not approached the Supreme Court to cancel passport issued to Lalit Modi?” Congress spokesman Meem Afzal asked, noting that till Thursday, Lalit Modi had been targeting former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and now he has trained his guns on the President.

Mr. Afzal attacked the government and BJP alleging that they were “shielding” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

Questioning the “silence” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the matter, Mr. Afzal asked whether Mr. Modi would break his silence only when he would be the target of attack by the former IPL chief, a fugitive and economic offender.

The government will have to say what action is being taken against the tainted cricket administrator, he said.

According to reports, the former IPL boss has accused Mr. Mukherjee of spearheading Congress’s “revenge” politics against him for Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s resignation.

“It was clear even before Tharoor resigned that Congress was furious over my decision to reveal Tharoor’s ownership interest in the Kochi bid,” Lalit Modi had said in his plea to the U.K. authorities while seeking permission to stay “as a representative of an overseas business”.

Lalit Modi also blamed Mr. Mukherjee for engineering the Enforcement Directorate’s probe against him in retaliation to Mr. Tharoor’s sacking as Minister of state for External Affairs, the reports stated.



>Arun Jaitley
Union Finance Minister, BJP

"All allegations levelled are baseless."

>P. Chidambaram
Former Finance Minister, Congress

"Ensure Modi returns to India for ED probe."

>Sushma Swaraj
External Affairs Minister, BJP

Helped Lalit Modi after taking a humanitarian view.

>Sitaram Yechury
General Secretary,
CPI-M

Intervention of Sushma Swaraj is unacceptable

Sushma Swaraj and Keith Vaz are no longer the only ones in the line of fire:

  • » Documents supplied by Lalit Modi's lawyer on Monday revealed that >Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had in August 2011 backed his immigration application on condition it would not be made known to Indian authorities.
  • » On Wednesday Sushma Swaraj was tweeting in response to allegation that her daughter >Bansuri Swaraj got admission to medical school the northeast quota.
  • » > Media baron Rupert Murdoch found his name figure in the controversy. In a TV interview, Mr. Modi said Mr. Murdoch was upset with him.

Hints at fissures in the BJP were made by party member Kirti Azad, who pointed to an in-house conspiracy targeting Sushma:

  • » In his tweets, >Mr. Azad referred to a party insider having a role to play in leaking information about the Minister's recommendation and her family's association with Mr. Modi. Mr. Azad claimed that it was a 'snake in the grass' and a media personality who conspired against Ms. Swaraj.

Armed now with enough ammunition, the opposition trained its guns on the Centre:

  • » Sushma should be sacked, said >Rahul Gandhi: "Lalit Modi is the symbol of black money stashed outside and Sushma Swaraj is protecting him"

Timeline

  • June 4 - First expose in the London-based Sunday Times on Lalit Modi controversy
    It alleged that senior Labour British parliamentarian of Indian origin Keith Vaz used his influential position as chair of the House of Commons home affairs select committee to help Mr. Modi get his papers to stay in the UK as a temporary resident, despite his position as a fugitive from the law in India.
  • June 7 Mr. Vaz, who did not make any public or media statement, in a post on his website said his email was hacked and confidential information accessed.
    In another post he claims that when he took over there was a passport crisis with 500,000 pending cases in the Home department, which he was able to bring down considerably in five years.
  • June 11 - In a follow up to the first story the next week the name of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj comes in as yet another senior politician who is making a case for Lalit Modi.
    Leaked correspondence shows that Mr. Vaz invoked the names of both Ms. Swaraj and Sir James Bevan, British High Commissioner to India as Mr. Modi’s friends, in order to strengthen his case with the immigration authorities.
  • June 16 - In a TV interview Mr. Modi alleges that media baron Rupert Murdoch, who owns the Times and Sunday Times has masterminded the Sunday Times story.
    He claims that Mr. Murdoch was miffed over a “no exit” clause in the Champions League, and is therefore getting his back.


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