New Delhi, June 14: Trapped in a propreity tangle, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has landed herself in a major trouble after reports claimed that she helped former IPL chairman Lalit Modi in clearing his travel-related documents.
According to media reports, last year in July 2014, Sushma bailed out absconder Lalit Modi to enable his travel to India.
While confirming about the incident in a series of tweets, Sushma Swaraj on Sunday, June 14 said:
"Sometime in July 2014, Lalit Modi spoke to me that his wife was suffering from Cancer and her surgery was fixed for 4th Aug in Portugal. He told me that he had to be present in the Hospital to sign the consent papers", she tweeted.
"He informed me that he had applied for travel documents in London and UK Government was prepared to give him the travel documents."
"However, they were restrained by a UPA Government communication that this will spoil Indo-UK relations."
"Taking a humanitarian view, I conveyed to the British High Commissioner that "British Government should examine the request of Lalit Modi as per British rules and regulations. If the British Government chooses to give travel documents to Lalit Modi, that will not spoil our bilateral relations", she said.
"UK MP Keith Vaz also spoke to me and I told him precisely what I told the British High Commissioner."
"I genuinely believe that in a situation such as this, giving emergency travel documents to an Indian citizen cannot and should not spoil relations between the two countries."
"I may also state that only a few days later, Delhi High Court quashed UPA Government's order impounding Lalit Modi's Passport on the ground that the said order was unconstitutional being violative of fundamental rights and he got his Passport back", she said.
In August 2013, Sushma had also reportedly sought a favour from Modi.
"Regarding Jyotirmay Kaushal's admission in a law course at Sussex University, he secured admission through the normal admission process in 2013 - one year before I became a Minister", she clarified on Twitter.
Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi has also been apprised about the issue.
Swaraj's clarification on the entire incident came on the micro-blogging site Twitter after the report was exposed by a news channel.
Congress demands Sushma's resignation
Meanwhile, Congress termed Sushma Swaraj's position as Foreign Minister 'untenable' and slammed it as a serious breach of propriety by her.
Congress senior leader Digvijay Singh told media persons, "I did not expect this from Sushma Swaraj. I didn't expect that she would recommend travel document be granted to Lalit Modi who has red corner notice against him."
"PM should now come clear about this visa issue. I appeal to Sushma ji that on moral grounds she should resign", he said.
AAP spokesperson Ashutosh said that "Sushma Swaraj has been caught red handed".
JD(U) spokesperson KC Tyagi said, "Sushma Swaraj should come clean on the allegations being charged against her."
Reacting on the matter, CPI(M)leader Brinda Karat said that The Prime minister needs to be answerable to the people.
She further said, "This is unwarranted and unethical. If there are grounds of ‘compassion';normal course should be followed, Govt should give papers. Why does he need to go to EAM?"