Mehmood Abdi, legal counsel for Lalit Modi, called the matter regarding his client being granted UK travel papers a non-issue and a case of political vendetta. He claimed the Blue Corner notice against Modi was “fabricated” and he had been hounded by the UPA government both in India and during his extended stay in London.
Abdi named a few former cabinet ministers as responsible for pressuring the UK authorities into not allowing Modi to stay in the UK, during their tenures. He traced the genesis of the UPA’s alleged anti-Modi campaign to the Shashi Tharoor-Sunanda Pushkar episode in 2010, when he as IPL commissioner leaked the shareholding pattern of the now defunct Kochi franchise.
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“I can confirm that former ministers P Chidambaram, Shashi Tharoor and Salman Khurshid tried to scuttle my client’s chances to stay in London but he ultimately got it,” Abdi said. “Now the people who are talking about impropriety should introspect. Which court has declared Modi an offender? He has been staying with the knowledge of everybody in UK.”
He also denied charges of conflict of interest with regard to Sushma Swaraj’s daughter providing legal counsel to Modi, insisting the passport issue was argued during UPA rule.
“The Blue Corner notice is issued to know whereabouts of a person. From the day he went to England, he had kept everyone informed. What was the need fur a Blue Corner notice?” he said while brandishing a letter from Interpol.