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Sushma Swaraj-Lalit Modi row: Congress demands SIT probe monitored by Supreme Court

Sharma said the government’s top leadership was involved in helping Modi and asked 'who decided not to appeal' in his passport case.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 17, 2015 3:44 am
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Stepping up its attack on the government over the Sushma Swaraj-Lalit Modi row, the Congress Tuesday demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to unearth the “nexus” involving the “senior leadership” of the government which is “protecting and helping” Modi. The party brought the Finance and Home Ministries in its line of attack saying the decision not to appeal in the passport case could not have been taken without their knowledge.

The Congress continued to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi, claiming Lalit Modi “is a friend” and is personally known to the PM and BJP president Amit Shah. It claimed that Lalit Modi, who secured travel documents from British authorities apparently to go to Portugal to sign consent papers for his wife’s surgery, was holidaying three days after his arrival there. Modi reached Portugal on August 5, 2014, said Congress. “From 8th onwards, Modi along with wife and another first family member were holidaying at a place called Ibiza, a resort town,” Congress leader Anand Sharma said, calling the government’s “humanitarian angle” position a “facade”.

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Sharma said the government’s top leadership was involved in helping Modi and asked “who decided not to appeal” in his passport case.

He added that Swaraj kept the then foreign secretary and senior MEA officials in the dark when she helped Lalit Modi secure travel documents. “If you look at the chain of events, it becomes clear that from day one not only the External Affairs Minister, but at the highest level this government was keen to help Modi to get his passport… Friends of Modi are protecting him and helping him and the big Modi, PM Narendra Modi, must answer.” He said Lalit Modi had declared bankruptcy in 2012… and was travelling in a private jet and staying in an exotic resort.

“Why is the PM silent. Should we then believe that there is a larger nexus of those who were managing or mismanaging the affairs of the Indian cricket which led to corruption, sleaze, match-fixing and money laundering? After all, Lalit Modi is a friend, he is personally known to the highest leader in the BJP —  former president of Gujarat Cricket Association and now PM — president of BJP and president of Gujarat cricket association,” said Sharma.

Stating that the decision not to appeal in Lalit Modi’s case was not by default but by design, Sharma said a considered decision was taken to not appeal against the High Court order. “It had the endorsement at the highest level of the government.”

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    George Cruz
    Jun 17, 2015 at 5:15 am
    The congress party has no credibility when it comes to scams/corruption during their 65 years of rule. The congress party is trying to Make a mountain out of a molehill out of this Sushma Swaraj-Lalit Modi row.
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      Rohan
      Jun 17, 2015 at 7:16 am
      weird. Media. The full IPL issue got birth during congress rule. How can just acquaintances is showed as mischief by media. If at all anyone is involved it is media. Rajeev Sukhla was part of media. All NDTV and ranoy Roy are croocks of Congress. Old issue Congress era is brought out . It is like saying coal and 2g scam is done by BJP. Ha Ha Ha.
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        mohan
        Jun 17, 2015 at 10:36 am
        What is the intention of vicious die-hard campaign of Cong-media against BJP leaders? Their target is Bihar polls and certainly not a fight against corruption. Spreading rumors before an event creates panic and make the opponents prone to do mistakes. The Negative campaigning Buffeted by rumors is an illuminati technique. The aim is not to attack any particular politician or a corrupt person. The spreading of rumors before election makes people concerned about their leaders. So the current anti-BJP outburst will continue for few more months until the Bihar elections are over. All eyes are on Bihar polls. After the Bihar polls the media will completely forget about Lalit Modi
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          mohan
          Jun 17, 2015 at 9:04 am
          The involvement of Murdoch makes the issue an International conspiracy. Why the Congress government allowed Lalit Modi to leave India if they were so determined to convict him. See the conflict of interest here. Now the Modi Govt should do the following (1) request for his extradition to British Govt (2) Bring LM to India and produce before a court of law (3) If there are no serious charges against him then reinduct into the BCCI and kick ou the rots like Srinivasan, Pawar, Dalmia etc. The Media anchors are taking the viewers for a ride with the occult BLACK MAGIC.
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            naresh
            Jun 17, 2015 at 6:36 am
            Congress wants the SC stamp for they know very well who they had appointed at the top most court, like the CBI.
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