News Flash: "What benefit did I pass on to Lalit Modi?", asks Sushma Swaraj

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New Delhi, June 14: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was on Sunday at the centre of a major row for helping scam-tainted former IPL chief Lalit Modi to obtain British travel documents but found strong support from the government and the BJP which rejected opposition demands for her resignation.

Get all news updates from India and other countries of the world here on Sunday, June 14.


6.55 pm: A reporter of a local Marathi daily was allegedly beaten up by four persons,
including a woman here today, police said.

6.15 pm: On March 3rd, 2010 the Regional Passport Office, Mumbai revoked Lalit Modi's passport, says Congress leader CR Kesavan.

5.30 pm: I believe Sushma ji has done nothing wrong, it's unfortunate that people have hyped this matter. If someone's wife has cancer, needs to be taken for treatment and Sushmaji helped on humanitarian grounds,what's wrong in that?", says Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav.

5.15 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed deep sadness at the passing away of veteran party leader Sheila Kaul.

5.00 pm: "What benefit did I pass on to Lalit Modi - that he could sign consent papers for surgery of his wife suffering from Cancer? He was in London. After his wife's surgery, he came back to London. What is it that I changed ?", EAM Sushma Swaraj tweets.

4.45 pm: Sushma Swaraj is full of nationalism & patriotism, and has never compromised on that, says RSS.

4.30 pm: Dawood Ibrahim was also Indian, if something happens with his family, will Sushma Swaraj help him out? Ashutosh, AAP

4:00 pm: Attack was somewhere else but pain was felt elsewhere, Pakistan reacted, their PM also made a statement, says Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Pakistan's reaction on India's Myanmar Operation.

3:50 pm: BJP President Amit Shah and HM Rajnath Singh have justified the act. Is this new policy of Modi Govt to help all fugitives of law based on humanitarian grounds, asks Surjewala.

"Want to ask PM Modi and Amit Shah that if tomorrow Dawood Ibrahim wants help on humanitarian ground, will they extend such a help to him also", he further asked.

3:40 pm: PM Modi and BJP had sought resignation of Shashi Tharoor when his wife was found to have a small share in an IPL team. Will PM Modi and the BJP now apply the same yardstick of moral and constitutional propriety, and accountability, asks Randeep Surjewala.

3:30 pm: Congress Press Conference begins on Sushma-Lalit Modi issue.

"Facts reveal that it is unethical for EAM Sushma Swaraj to hold her position anymore. After getting travel documents from UK Govt, not only did Lalit Modi thank EAM but also her husband," alleges Congress leader Randeep Surjewala.

3:15 pm: Protest in Thiruvananthapuram against Bishop Mar Mathew Anikuzhikattil who accused a Hindu outfit of love jihad by abducting Catholic girls.

3:05 pm: If it's humanitarian grounds there are 100's all over the country, they should also be looked upon with similar approach, says Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the opposition, on Sushma Swaraj issue.

2:55 pm: "Whatever Sushma Ji has done is right, the Government stands with her. She did what she had to on humanitarian grounds, no wrong doing, " says Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

2:47 pm: "If a minister feels that they have good reason to override any issue, they can do so," said Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Sushma Swaraj issue.

2:40 pm: India's veteran offspinner Harbhajan Singh surpasses Pakistani pace bowling legend Wasim Akram during the one-off Test against Bangladesh.

Harbhajan dismissed Imrul Kayes stumped by Wriddhiman Saha for his 415th Test wicket. This pushed him past Akram and into the 9th position in the all-time Test wicket-takers list.

2:35 pm: Sushma Swaraj has already clarified the whole matter on Twitter, says BJP President Amit Shah.

"An Indian asked Sushma Swaraj for help for treatment of his wife who was suffering from cancer. Sushma Swaraj helped him by requesting a British MP for help on the issue if Britain's rules permit it. So there is no need to make so much of noise over the issue," says Amit Shah.

2:20 pm: A child aged 2.5 years was brutally raped on Saturday night, she is in ICU. Police is investigating the matter.

2:05 pm: 4 CISF personnel arrested in connection with death of a jawan during clash at Kozhikode Airport between central armed police personnel and Airports Authority of India officials.

1:51 pm: Sushma Swaraj has never compromised with nationalism & patriotism. She is full of human values and all her actions come from these values, says RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Sushma Swaraj-Lalit Modi issue.

1:30 pm: In UP journalist murder case, family of the deceased protest, demand arrest of the accused.

1:08 pm: EAM Sushma Swaraj certainly has no other option than to resign. If she doesn't resign, PM Modi should sack her, says AAP leader Ashutosh.

12:52 pm: When it comes to security of the nation, ‘zero tolerance' is the only solution & that has to be the mindset, says Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

12:30 pm: PM Modi goes about saying that world today looks at India with respect. We fail to understand what respect is he talking about, asks BSP chief Mayawati.

12.02 pm: This is unwarranted and unethical, CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat said on EAM Sushma Swaraj-Lalit Modi issue.

11.39 am: I respect Sushma Swaraj, it wasn't expected from her helping Lalit Modi to procure travel documents, says senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh.

PM should now come clear about this visa issue and I appeal to Sushmaji that on moral grounds she should resign, Singh further added.

11:30 am: Person like Sushma Swaraj should not be demonized so early, matter should be investigated properly, says RJD leader Manoj Jha.

11:10 am: One youth shot dead by unknown gunmen in Sopore, Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir. The Youth was a shopkeeper, used to reside in Badami Bagh area.

10:55 am: Congress will demand resignation of Sushma Swaraj and PM should himself ask resignation if allegations are true, said Shakeel Ahmad.

10:43 am: Sushma Swaraj has been accused of helping Lalit Modi to procure travel documents.

10:30 am: Heavy Police force has been deployed outside SAS Geelani's house to prevent holding separatist seminar in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.

10:13 am: All committees, which have been formed till date, gave decision in our favour, but government never implemented those decisions, claimed former servicemen who are protesting over delay in bringing One Rank One Pension scheme.

9:39 am: Ex-servicemen protest begins over delay in One Rank One Policy (OROP) at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

9:10 am: 47 days trawling ban on Kerala Coast will begin from 14 June midnight.

9:00 am: Minor girl allegedly set on fire over the issue of mango plucking, incident took place yesterday in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh.

8:33 am: Baba Ramdev at rehearsal camp for International Yoga Day. Children practicing Yoga under his guidance in Delhi.

8:15 am: Carlos gathers hurricane strength, becomes a Category 1 storm, off the Mexican Pacific coast.

8:00 am: Ex-servicemen are protesting in Delhi over the delay of One Rank One Pension scheme.

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