Jaitley on Lalit Modi row: 'Govt will play by rulebook'

  • PTI, San Francisco
  • Updated: Jun 24, 2015 17:51 IST

Finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday the government will "play by the rulebook" and make sure that absolute standards of probity are maintained in the Lalit Modi controversy involving Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

With the Opposition continuing attack on the BJP over the issue, Jaitley also said there is "no question at all" about the government going on the back foot on this issue, as it has done "nothing wrong".

"The government will play by the rule book and we will make sure that the absolute standards of probity are maintained," Jaitley told PTI in an interview.

Asked whether the controversy was creating an impression that some leaders of the ruling party and the government were siding with corrupt people, Jaitley said. "There is no question at all."

With regard to the Opposition planning to disrupt the Monsoon Session over the issue, Jaitley said the Parliament was meant to discuss and not to disrupt business.

"We are willing to have a discussion on any subject that the Opposition wants," he said.

The finance minister also said the reforms can even take place outside Parliament, but its smooth functioning was important various reasons.

"There are also some legislative reforms for which Parliament must function," he said.

Under attack from the Opposition, Jaitley on Tuesday had said the authorities would continue to do their job in probing the matter.

Raje and Swaraj have been facing flak for allegedly helping former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi procure travel documents in the UK, where he has made his home to avoid legal processes in India.

Modi, 49, travelled to London in 2010 after the Indian Premier League (IPL) got embroiled in allegations of match-fixing and illegal betting.

Dushyant Singh, Raje's son, has also been under attack over reports that his company received Rs 11.63 crore in investments from Modi in 2008.

Congress has accused Jaitley of doing a "clear-cut cover-up" on the entire issue and of influencing the Enforcement Directorate (ED) probe in Dushyant Singh and Modi's case.


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