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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  1. r
    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
    1. T
      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.
    2. A
      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.
    3. G
      Jun 16, 2015 at 10:44 pm
      Yes. Protecting interests of Lalit Modi is the business of the Swaraj family.
      1. G
        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.
        1. G
          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 .
          1. P
            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.
            1. M
              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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