External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj should quit: Ghulam Nabi Azad

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jun 16, 2015 19:02 IST

Congress general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday said that external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has no moral right to continue in the government and should quit.

"She has helped somebody who is wanted by the law of the country. He is accused of money laundering, fraud and corruption. To support such a person is not just unfair, it's criminal. She should quit the government,'' Azad told the Hindustan Times.

"It's unjust and unfair that the government is facilitating travel for someone, who is wanted in the country after all the efforts of the previous government to deliver justice on this account. Instead of facilitating his arrest you are helping him travel across the world,'' he added.

Swaraj has said she helped the axed Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Lalit Modi get travel papers in London on "humanitarian" grounds as his cancer-stricken wife was due to undergo surgery in Portugal. She has denied any wrongdoing, but later Modi was seen holidaying and travelling all over the world.

"If it was a humanitarian cause, may be we would have not raised the issue but after it was revealed that the cause was something else and foreign minister had stakes as her daughter was part of the battery of lawyers representing Modi,'' he said.

Pressure is building on Swaraj to quit the government in spite of the party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's support to her.

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