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Lalit Modi row: Sushma’s act was in violation of rules, says Chidambaram

"Why did the MEA not insist that Lalit Modi should first rerun to India and face probe, said Chidambaram in a press conference adding that Sushma Swaraj's help to a fugitive raises several questions.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 17, 2015 7:24 pm
p chidambaram, chidambaram, lalit modi, chidambaram on lalit modi, modi, ipl, sushma swaraj, vasundhara raje, sushma swaraj row, lalit-sushma “Why did the MEA not insist that Lalit Modi should first rerun to India and face probe, said Chidambaram.

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday rubbished the allegations made by Lalit Modi that he became a target of political vendetta during the UPA rule, saying the charges made by the former IPL chief are laughable and don’t deserve reply.

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Chidambaram asserted that government owes an explanation as why there has been no appeal to the UK govt to bring Modi back to India and face the probe by the Enforcement Directorate.

He also said that the letters written to British authorities on Lalit Modi case during UPA rule should be released as they will answer the former IPL Commissioner’s accusations against him and Congress.

“Charges made against us are laughable charges, the letters will speak for themselves. They are the best evidence,” said the Congress leader in a press conference adding that Sushma Swaraj’s help to a fugitive raises several questions.

“Why did the MEA not insist that Lalit Modi should first rerun to India and face probe. If Sushma wanted to support Lalit on humanitarian grounds, she should have asked him to go to Indian High Commission,” said Chidambaram.

The former finance minister said told media that the passport of Lalit Modi was cancelled in 2011 on the request of the ED. He maintained that Modi was being investigated under laws of India with no right to travel outside India or to live in UK.

In an interview to a TV channel after the fresh controversy involving Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Modi had accused Chidambaram of making him a target of “political vendetta” in the aftermath of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor losing his ministerial job following the IPL scam.

Lalit had attacked the Congress after it demanded resignation of Sushma Swaraj for helping him get travel documents from the UK.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also held a press conference in which he hit out at Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje.

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  1. R
    Jun 17, 2015 at 5:51 pm
    Chidambaram knows very well how to play typical Congress jumlas...he is daring British government to release letters, when it is known that such letters can never be released in public domain... he thinks Indians are still fools and keep fooling us like they did for last 50 years.
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      Anurag Srivastava
      Jun 17, 2015 at 6:08 pm
      All these developments are providing a good platform for the AAP for reigning in the entire country.
      1. A
        Jun 17, 2015 at 5:33 pm
        Our politicians are not much interested about raising issues pertain to poor people,unemployment,poverty,raising GDP etc but more interested in scoring points against each other and making it national issues.Is this going to help to improve our Economy? Any Ruling Party at centre or States will never able rule country or states with obstruction of opposition parties.It seems Lalit Modi is being used by opponents to trap Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.Therefore nothing is going to change the life style of Aam Aadmi whether Arvind Kejriwal or Narendra Modi is ruling.This episode will be replaced with new one and this vicious circle will go on till we have such politicians in our Democracy set up.Print and Electronic Media will create new issue in the name of Nation interest(?), concealing the real fact that all of them running for their TRP. JAI HO !
        1. B
          Jun 17, 2015 at 5:42 pm
          1. J
            Jun 17, 2015 at 6:15 pm
            This is laughable.. I find Zero loss theory more funny.. irony?
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