Swaraj Kaushal confirms he has been Lalit Modi’s lawyer for the past 22 years

Kaushal is among several guests who were provided accommodation at the hotel during the 2010 IPL season.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: June 16, 2015 12:10 pm
Lalit Modi, IPL media case, IPL irregularities former ipl chief Lalit Modi, Enforcement Directorate, IPL matches irregularities, india news, nation news After Modi’s ouster, the BCCI received a nearly Rs 1.56 crore bill from the hotel as outstanding payment.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s husband Swaraj Kaushal Monday confirmed that he has been Lalit Modi’s lawyer for the past 22 years. Kaushal also said he was Modi’s guest for one night at Mumbai’s Four Seasons Hotel, where the former IPL boss was camped in April 2010. Modi made arrangements for Kaushal’s accommodation on April 21-22, 2010 at the hotel.

“I was Lalit Modi’s lawyer and went there on his request for legal advice. Naturally they had to pay for lawyer’s stay for one day. Yes, I am Lalit Modi’s lawyer for 22 years,” Kaushal told The Indian Express in a text message.

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Kaushal, 62, stayed in a Deluxe sea view room and the bill of his stay was marked to the IPL account instead of Modi’s office. Asked if he was at the hotel for work related to the BCCI or the IPL, he said, “I advised Lalit Modi. I have always stayed away from cricket.”

Kaushal is among several guests who were provided accommodation at the hotel during the 2010 IPL season. The guest list created a storm in the BCCI when allegations of financial irregularity surfaced following Modi’s removal as IPL chief at the end of the season.

After Modi’s ouster, the BCCI received a nearly Rs 1.56 crore bill from the hotel as outstanding payment. The matter came up in a working committee meeting and the hotel was asked to submit details of the guests who stayed there. Eventually, the board decided the bills would be paid by Modi since, despite having the BCCI office in Mumbai, he turned the hotel into his office.

When contacted, the then treasurer of the BCCI, M P Pandove, said, “I remember that Four Seasons had sent some claims which we didn’t pass. The claims were rejected saying that those were not payable by the BCCI. As far as I can remember, the matter ended there.”

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    raj5151235
    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:38 am
    So what ? they have not broken the law ? Only happens in Indian biased Media .. What a great relationship ...22 years strong . The Same Media in the US would have closed down with fines on them for criminal misrepresentation of content. Also Modi has debunked the claims of the media- yesterday
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      TIHAEwale
      Jun 16, 2015 at 8:34 am
      So the exposure in the work of N.Srinivasan. Hats off to Srini. Now it can be certain not even a single hair of Srini can be plucked without causing pain to Arun Jaitley.
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        Abhijit Bhattacharya
        Jun 16, 2015 at 8:35 am
        BJP is lucky to have a herd of brainless bhakts who will defend all their corrupt politicians and their corrupt business friends (ambani, adani, lalit, etc) no matter whatever be the evidence. And all of them have only one logic, if Congress was able to indulge in corruption then why not we.
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          george
          Jun 16, 2015 at 10:44 pm
          Yes. Protecting interests of Lalit Modi is the business of the Swaraj family.
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            gopal
            Jun 16, 2015 at 3:01 pm
            Jack Straw, UK home minister, had to resign when he allowed his nanny to travel on a free p which she should not have. But this is India and we cannot expect that integrity from Indian politicians.
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              gopal
              Jun 16, 2015 at 2:58 pm
              Yesterday Mr.Kuldip Nayar wrote an article in stantoday. He openly accused Rajib hi of taking a bribe of 3000 crore. Rahul and his family, his mother included, are also dishonest. But that does not justify that BJP will also follow the congies. It will be very honourable for Ms.Swaraj to resign. No matter how you look at it, her interest did clash with her family's interest .
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                Prasad
                Jun 16, 2015 at 9:36 am
                Sushma Swaraj appears to be a person of helping nature. In case of the people struck in the foreign soil , with the twitter message she had helped them. Here also we need to give benefit of doubt that she has provided on humanitarian grounds. Opposition and media is making as a big news item and covering this on 24 / 7 mode is not justifiable. Media should provide distribution of time to so many other items , unless they are paid for this. I am not a supporter of BJP or any other political party.
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                  Mayur Panghaal
                  Jun 16, 2015 at 7:30 am
                  According to BJP;___ Nihal chand = Ex Rapist Sajjad Lone = Ex sepratist Raghav Ji = Ex Child molestor Smriti Irani =Ex fraudster Lalit Modi = Ex Fugitive Amit Shah = Ex murderer Acche din = Jumla ------------------------------------------ You dont like it ?? Go to stan.
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                    Mayur Panghaal
                    Jun 16, 2015 at 7:33 am
                    BJP always claims Cong ruled for 66 years etc....but what they forget is.....There were periods in the middle when people voted BJP into office....and what happened ?? They kicked them out for longer spells. What we are seeing today is why that happened.
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                      Mayur Panghaal
                      Jun 16, 2015 at 10:49 am
                      Breaking news : after ed revoked lalit modis pport ,his lawyers went to court and govt did not even file an appeal against him in court...and hence his pport was given back to him. Believe it or not !!!
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                        Milind
                        Jun 16, 2015 at 9:27 am
                        Well then you're misreading that 'logic'... Nobody's here to defend the incorruptible.. Our point is simple - let the media and the people afford the same laude to the BJP/Modi in explaining their position as they did for the Congress, whose scams were several notches higher... Nobody in the media will mention that Gadkari's last tenure under Vajpayee was spotless. The roads, highways, flyovers (55 in Mumbai ) are of high quality, without kickbacks, mostly completed in time. Except for Sucheta Dalal (who unearthed Harshad Mehta scam), none of the rogues in the media had the integrity to mention about his trackless record.. .all focusing on so-called Purti scam to frame him. So please chill and relax for another few years and see the difference yourself. And yes, please have the integrity to credit them for whatever they did right, rather than nit-picking...
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                          mohan
                          Jun 16, 2015 at 8:35 am
                          A criminal lawyer may have proximity with corrupt and criminals. The criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani (92 yrs) represents all kind of clients, regardless of political affiliations and social background. But he is a good person and a true patriot. Jethmalani says “The accused has the right to apply for bail”
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                            mohan
                            Jun 16, 2015 at 8:46 am
                            Watching paid media channels will give an impression that there is a total breakdown of law and order and the country is in the grip of a civil war. There are a number of similar cases which the media should highlight and telecast as Daily news items. But instead they concentrate on just one news. The anchors flex their muscles and does some CULT and occult practices to fool the public through illuminati BLACK MAGIC
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                              munshi
                              Jun 16, 2015 at 11:54 am
                              MUCH IS TILL TO COME ...TOO EARLY AN ESSMENT
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                                Sayeed Assad
                                Jun 16, 2015 at 12:35 pm
                                This foreign Minister must step down bearing responsibility to help wanted person for Inida and also who pla creicket by bribery and many scandals and Mrs Susma Swaraj help to such dicot and her husband also friend of such wanted person? Modi Govt. must take leagal responibility to helping such wanted person and now the question arises for PM Modi hw clean he and his Govt?
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                                  narayan
                                  Jun 16, 2015 at 10:25 am
                                  Indian news papers had reported earlier Sushma's close connection with Bellary brothers of Karnataka. One doubts Sushma's honesty. Congressmen targeting P.M modi because he is a dynamic and por administrator.Congress got none.
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                                    Naresh
                                    Jun 16, 2015 at 7:40 am
                                    BJP = Congress = AAP = JD = CPI = CPM = TMC = BSP = DMK = AIADMK = TDP = TSR = LALU = MULAYAM = ...... = ...... = DANGER AND CORRUPTION.
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                                      one_genuine
                                      Jun 16, 2015 at 10:02 am
                                      What a duplicity! I do not think that Shushma has any moral right to continue in govt after all these revelations. She does not appear to be able board and govt can not have any place for her. I wonder how could she aspire to be a pm candidate! The country would have drowned as she is too weak to hold the ground for the sake of her husband and her daughter. Please go with whatever respect still remains. Don't let this govt to blemished just because you were emotionally or otherwise weak.
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                                        O Sajid
                                        Jun 16, 2015 at 6:15 am
                                        Big conflict of interest for Mrs Swaraj.. her earlier statement of helping Mr Lalit Modi on "humanitarian grounds" doesn't seem to be true anymore. Instead of dragging PM Modi in this mud fest , she should resign if there is any moral value left.
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                                          P Das
                                          Jun 16, 2015 at 7:35 am
                                          If you help an Indian citizen in distress, first you should investigate their antecedents: moral of the story. That's why Rahul hi & Co helped only the former telecom minister from DMK and a few others.
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                                            RajeswaraRao
                                            Jun 16, 2015 at 7:46 am
                                            So what?
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