Sunanda, who has been romantically-linked with the Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor, was dragged into the IPL Kochi ownership controversy when Modi revealed that names of the owners of the consortium.
Over the past few days the media has been reporting on the nature of relationship between the socialite and the minister Shashi Tharoor, who is also facing flak from various spheres over his involvement in the IPL team bidding.
Sunanda accused the media of concentrating 'obsessively' on her personal life "as if a woman cannot be capable of professional or financial success."
"My own business interests and assets are substantial, and efforts to besmirch Tharoor by presenting me as a proxy for him are personally insulting for me as a woman and as a friend. I have built up a respectable and successful career while coping with widowhood and raising a child as a single mother. Yet I have been reduced to a caricature in the media, portrayed with inaccuracies and falsehoods," she told a news agency.
She said that she was releasing this statement to set the record straight over her role in the controversy surrounding the Kerala IPL team franchise.