On Sunday Sushma Swaraj Accepted that she spoke to British High Commissioner that “British Government should examine the request of granting the Travel documents to Lalit Modi as per British rules and regulations.
The Sunday Times reported that UK Labour MP Keith Vaz used Swaraj’s name to put pressure on the UK’s top immigration official to grant British travel papers to Modi.
Keith Vaz Indian-origin MPs, could face an inquiry by the UK’s parliamentary watchdog over allegations of a conflict of interest by intervening in the immigration application of controversial IPL founder Lalit Modi.
Mr Modi was given a visa after Indian-origin British MP Keith Vaz recommended his name. According to the British media, Mr Vaz cited the name of Ms Swaraj to put pressure on the UK’s top immigration official to grant British travel papers to Mr Modi. The grant of visa is being discussed before a parliamentary panel in the UK.
Less than 24 hours after Vaz had invoked Swaraj’s name and that of Sir James Bevan, the British high commissioner to India Lali Modi Gets His Travel Papers.
Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen has written to Kathryn Hudson, the UK parliamentary standards commissioner, urging her to investigate whether Vaz had breached the MPs’ code of conduct.
Issue Behind The News.
Sushma Helped Lalit Modi get his travel document from UK governmet on July 2014.Lalit Modi is wanted in many cases in India regarding IPL Corruption Issue.
Enforcement Directorate (ED) issued a ‘Blue Alert’ notice against the former IPL chief Lalit Modi on Thursday, 1 October 2010.
The notice was issued after efforts of the ED and other agencies failed to ensure his presence for questioning for the last two months. The ED is of the view that Modi is in possession of huge foreign exchange without permission.
‘Blue Alert’ is notified within the territorial jurisdiction of the country covering all airports and ports of entry and exit.
Who Is Lalit Modi ?
Lalit Kumar Modi was the first commissioner of cricket’s Indian Premier League (IPL).After launching and running IPL for 3 years he was found guilty of committing acts of misconduct and indiscipline resulting in his removal and subsequent lifetime ban by the BCCI.
In 2010, Modi oversaw the bidding process and creation of two new teams in the Indian Premier League. Pune and Kochi were declared the new franchises. A Twitter entry by Modi declaring the stakeholders of the Kochi IPL Team allegedly breaching confidentiality agreements led to the resignation of the then Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Dr. Shashi Tharoor.
Modi was then suspended as chairman and Commissioner of the IPL in April 2010.A suspension notice and a 34-page letter stating 22 charges of impropriety were served via email to Modi. Modi publicly protested his innocence immediately after the 2010 Indian Premier League Final had been played.
In March 2012 New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns successfully sued Modi for making false statements in the media about Mr Cairns. This is after Modi posted on Twitter in 2010 that Cairns had been involved in match-fixing during 2008, which was proven to be lies made up by Modi. Cairns won costs and damages.
On Sept 6, 2013, BCCI’s three-member committee consisting of Jyotiraditya Scindia and Arun Jaitley accused Modi of several charges of irregularities, which Modi denies.
On September 25, BCCI imposed a life ban on him after a Special General Meeting held at Chennai.Lalit Modi seems to be unfazed by the ban and argued that the ban doesn’t mean much as the committee that banned him was a vested interest committee.
In regard to financial irregularities charge, the Enforcement Directorate (ED, India’s intelligence agency responsible for enforcing financial laws) has said that they have no strong evidence as of May, 2014 that proves that Lalit Modi was involved in capacity as an individual for breaking foreign exchange laws. The transaction in suspicion doesn’t tie back to Modi said an ED official on condition of anonymity.
How Sushma Swaraj is related to Lalit Modi ?
Sushma Swaraj’s daughter Bansuri Swaraj is in Lalit Modi’s Legal Team and even appeared in court on Behalf of Lalit Modi on His Case With Union Of India in Delhi High Court.
Some reports even said that UK Labour MP Keith Vaz on Lalit Modi’s request helped Sushma Swaraj’s nephew Jyotirmay Kaushal for a British law degree course.
Some More Facts
Lalit Modi’s Indian passport was revoked by the government in March 2011, but it was restored by the Delhi High Court in August 2014.
Lalit Modi came to London in 2010 as allegations of match-fixing and illegal betting related to IPL cricket tournament emerged.
Response from Sushma Swaraj on this issue.
Sometime in July 2014 Lalit Modi spoke to me that his wife was suffering from Cancer and her surgery was fixed for 4th Aug in Portugal.
He told me that he had to be present in the Hospital to sign the consent papers. (Report Suggest that in Portugal it doesn’t require any ‘written consent’ for any medical condition)
He informed me that he had applied for travel documents in London and UK Government was prepared to give him the travel documents.
However, they were restrained by a UPA Government communication that this will spoil Indo-UK relations.
Taking a humanitarian view, I conveyed to the British High Commissioner that “British Government should examine the request of Lalit Modi as per British rules and regulations. If the British Government chooses to give travel documents to Lalit Modi,that will not spoil our bilateral relations.
Keith Vaz also spoke to me and I told him precisely what I told the British High Commissioner.
I genuinely believe that in a situation such as this, giving emergency travel documents to an Indian citizen cannot and should not spoil relations between the two countries.
I may also state that only a few days later, Delhi High Court quashed 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.
Regarding Jyotirmay Kaushal’s admission in a law course at Sussex University, he secured admission through the normal admission process in 2013 – one year before I became a Minister.