Cong leader accused of demanding diplomatic passport for Coal scam accused

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New Delhi, Jul 22: In remarks which can create controversy, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said a Congress leader had pressed her to give diplomatic passport to Coal scam accused Santosh Bagrodia.

However, the Minister did not disclose the name of the Congress leader, saying she would do so in Parliament. "A senior Congress leader was pressing me hard to give diplomatic passport to Coal Scam accused Santosh Bagrodia "I will disclose name of the leader on the floor of the House," Swaraj tweeted.

Sushma Swaraj

Bagrodia, who is a former minister of state for Coal, was yesterday summoned as accused by a Special Court in a coal scam case pertaining to allocation of Maharashtra's Bander coal block to AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd. Swaraj is facing ire of the opposition led by Congress which is demanding her resignation for helping controversial former IPL Chief Lalit Modi get travel documents.

[Read: Sushma Swaraj's tweet bomb: Congress leader wanted me to help Coal scam accused]

The Congress yesterday disrupted Rajya Sabha over the issue on the opening day of the Monsoon Session. It rejected the government offer of a statement by Swaraj and a debate, saying she must resign first.

PTI

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