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‘Lalitgate’: Cong renews demand for Sushma’s sacking amid fresh revelations

01 Jul 2015 | 4:10 PM

NEW DELHI: The BJP found itself on the defensive yet again today as the opposition Congress renewed demands for the resignation of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj amid fresh revelations of commercial links between her lawyer husband and scam-tainted Lalit Modi.

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‘Lalitgate’: Cong renews demand for Sushma’s sacking amid fresh revelationsFile photo of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj

Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 1

The BJP found itself on the defensive yet again today as the opposition Congress renewed demands for the resignation of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj amid fresh revelations of commercial links between her lawyer husband and scam-tainted Lalit Modi.

The Congress cited a letter dated April 15, 2015, from Lalit Modi in which he made an offer of job to Swaraj’s husband Swaraj Kaushal as Director in his place on the Board of Indofil company. The offer, though withdrawn later by another letter dated April 24, was made close on the heels of Sushma Swaraj intervening with UK authorities to grant Modi permission to travel to Portugal on humanitarian grounds. Modi, wanted for money laundering by Indian finance fraud agencies, had absconded to the UK in 2010.

“This is a clear case, a clinching evidence of quid pro quo. How many times did Sushma Swaraj meet Lalit Modi, how come Modi offered a job to her husband. Will the PM answer now?” Randeep Surjewala, media head of the Congress, said today.

The BJP, meanwhile, said Opposition’s desperation for attention was evident from the fact that it keeps changing the ground for resignation of Sushma Swaraj.

“The Opposition’s grounds are not substantive. That’s clear from the way they are changing ground,” Sudhanshu Trivedi, BJP spokesperson, said.

The Congress, however, refuted BJP charge saying their case against Sushma has from day one been one that she helped Lalit Modi and he in return helped her husband. Swaraj Kaushal and his daughter Bansuri represented Modi in the case related to his passport impounding, a case he won and a case in which Sushma, despite being the Minister concerned, didn’t appeal in the higher court.
The latest evidence against Sushma relates to an email Lalit Modi wrote to his father KK Modi, CMD of Indofil industries on April 15 this year. Modi in the email recommended that Swaraj Kaushal be appointed as alternate director of the firm in his (Lalit Modi’s) place and be approved to attend Board meetings.

The letter was subsequently withdrawn and Kaushal didn’t accept the job offer. But the Congress and the Left today asked if it was proper on Sushma’s part to not disclose such conflicts of interest between her family and Lalit Modi considering hers was the nodal Ministry dealing with the passport impounding case of Modi who faces a light blue notice from the Indian Enforcement Directorate for alleged financial frauds and is wanted by the Indian law.

‘Kaushal’s was name never considered for post of director’

MUMBAI: Indofil chairman and managing director Krishan Kumar Modi on Wednesday said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s husband Swaraj Kaushal’s name was never considered for the post of director, adding that the appointment was a mere suggestion by Lalit Modi.

“Lalit Modi had proposed that Swaraj Kaushal be given the post of an alternate director, a proposal that he later withdrew. Thus, the Board of Directors never considered his name. We have never had any discussions with Kaushal over the same,” KK Modi said. (With inputs from ANI)

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