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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Swaraj approached Keith Vaz on behalf of Modi

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Remarks On Issue Were Misinterpreted: Arun Jaitley
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said the authorities in India would continue to do their job with regard to the probe into the over Rs 11 crore transaction between Raje's son Dushyant Singh and Lalit Modi while asserting that his remarks on this issue were misinterpreted.
"I have never used such a word. That is never part of my domain," Jaitley told reporters when asked about opposition's allegations that his remarks that the loan given to Singh by Modi, the former IPL chief, was a commercial  transaction, amounted to giving clean chit to the BJP MP.

It is noteworthy, The BCCI disciplinary committee, comprising Arun Jaitley, and Jyotiraditya Scindia, had submitted a 134-page report in July 2013 in which it had found Lalit Modi guilty on eight charges, including financial irregularities, indiscipline and "actions detrimental to the interest of the BCCI."
More than two dozens cases of financial irregularities worth Rs 2148.3 crore, money laundering and criminal cases have been filed against Lalit Modi by various investigative agencies in the country.
  
The Raje episode, faced flak for allegedly backing the immigration plea of the former IPL chief in a London court secretly, came as a further embarrassment to the BJP and its government after it emerged that Swaraj helped Modi obtain British travel documents.

 A British media expose wherein local MP Keith Vaz has been charged with a visa fraud. For using influence to get travel papers for the state-less Lalit Modi whose passport was impounded by India in 2010 for alleged cricket fraud.Vaz in his defence said he had been approached by Indian Minister Swaraj on behalf of Modi. Unable to deny this assertion, the Minister rushed to tweet her responses: 

“Sometime in July 2014, Lalit Modi spoke to me that his wife was suffering from Cancer and her surgery was fixed for 4th August in Portugal. He told me that he had to be present in the hospital to sign the consent papers.” 

Only few days later, Delhi High Court quashed the UPA Government’s order impounding Lalit Modi’s Passport on the ground that the said order was unconstitutional being violative of fundamental rights and he got his Passport back.” 

"On the face of it, there is nothing collusion with matters pertaining to corruption," The union law minister said on Sunday.
    
"We should act on humanitarian grounds. One person who is affected by cancer (Modi's wife) and she is on death bed and needed some help," Mr Gowda said while asserting that the External Affairs Minister had not done anything wrong.
    
"But nowhere, Sushma Swaraj spoke about illegal transaction or any other--only some travel document, for a specific purpose. No transaction or business that come anyway near corruption," he added.
    
Taking a dig at Congress and other Opposition parties for slamming BJP-NDA on the issue, the Law Minister said Congress had no locus-standi to take up the issue "as it does not come under corruption. They are attacking the government as they did not get any other issue," he added.

The Congress said, the government's failure to appeal against the court ruling was incompetence.

"The government is a collective. MEA should have filed an appeal in consultation with the finance and home ministries," said Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma.

A former government lawyer agrees that the foreign ministry should have moved Supreme Court, not the Enforcement Directorate.

"The Enforcement Directorate is an affected party and can also appeal but legally MEA is the right authority to appeal," said Jatan Singh. The lawyer said an appeal can still be filed though the order is almost a year old.

The paper trail shows that Raje's son Dushyant got nearly Rs 11 crore for a company that exists just on paper; the paper trail indicates that slush funds were being laundered. Lalit Modi has confessed that Raje supported his application for immigration to the UK and then tried to keep it a secret from the Indian authorities.

Amid all this a lawyer has filed a PIL against Lalit Modi and Vasundhara Raje's son Dushyant, who reportedly floated a company called Niyant Heritage Hotels Pvt Ltd during Raje's first tenure as Rajasthan Chief Minister. According to Poonam Chand Bhandari, who filed the PIL, Lalit Modi's Anand Heritage Hotels gave unsecured loans worth Rs 3.80 crore to Dushyant's company.

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