Congress releases Vasundhara Raje’s signed affidavit backing Lalit Modi, says she must resign

In the document, Raje says "I make this statement in support of any immigration application that Lalit Modi makes, but do so on the strict condition that my assistance will not become known to the Indian authorities."

By: Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: June 24, 2015 9:21 pm
Vasundhara Raje, Lalit Modi, Raje Modi, Lalit Modi issue, Amit Shah, Raje Amit talks, BJP, BJP govt, Lalit Modi row, IPL Chairman Lalit Modi, India latest news In the document, Raje says “I make this statement in support of any immigration application that Lalit Modi makes, but do so on the strict condition that my assistance will not become known to the Indian authorities.”

Training guns against Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Congress on Wednesday made public the affidavit signed by her favouring IPL chief Lalit Modi’s immigration application to the UK in 2011. The main opposition party said there is no need for more evidence and sought immediate sacking of Raje.

“The curtains are off, the secret is out. The document signed by Vasundhara Raje dated August 18, 2011 supporting his immigration case before the British government is out. When the issue came out first, she feigned ignorance and then said she does not remember,” senior party leader Jairam Ramesh told reporters at the AICC briefing.

In the document, Raje says “I make this statement in support of any immigration application that Lalit Modi makes, but do so on the strict condition that my assistance will not become known to the Indian authorities.”

He was speaking after media reports showed a puportedly signed document by Raje in which she allegedly backed former IPL chief Lalit Modi’s immigration plea in Britain.

“BJP has always maintained that if papers are produced with her signature, then she is culpable. There is no need of anymore evidence, Vasundhara Raje stands thoroughly exposed,” Ramesh said.

Ramesh said the Congress seeks her immediate resignation as she has broken four laws – Indian Penal Code, Prevention of Corruption Act, PMLA, Passport Act.

“She should immediately resign. It should be followed by the resignation of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and HRD Minister Smriti Irani,” he said.

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ramesh said he knows it will be “difficult” for him to seek resignation of three Ministers.

 

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