Lalit Modi controversy: BJP finally comes out in Raje's defence

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 20, 2015 09:59 IST

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje got a breather on Friday with the BJP coming out in her defence in the controversy over fallen former IPL chief Lalit Modi after maintaining a studied silence for three days.

Party sources said Raje, who is under attack for allegedly supporting Modi’s UK immigration plea, clarified her position to senior party leaders who felt no action was necessary at this point.

“The party is not taking any action against her at this moment. If something more comes out in future, we will look into it,” a party leader told HT.

The Rajasthan chief minister came under fire after Modi’s lawyers released an unsigned set of papers three days ago which they said was a secret witness document by Raje favouring Modi's immigration plea in a London court. The documents said she agreed to appear as a witness on the condition that it would not be reported to Indian authorities. Raje says she does not recollect signing any witness agreement for Modi.

The Congress has also attacked Raje’s 41-year-old son for his business dealings with Modi, which are under the Enforcement Directorate’s scrutiny.

The BJP said charges linking her son, Dushyant Singh, with the former cricket administrator do not stand on “technical and legal ground”.

“Vasundhara has never denied her family relationship with Lalit Modi. As far as the (witness agreement) document is concerned, the validity of the document is not yet verified,” BJP spokesman Sudhanshu Trivedi told reporters.

“As far as her son Dushyant is concerned, every fact related to his company is mentioned in the income-tax document and election affidavit. All these facts are in the public domain. There is nothing new in what is being presented as a new revelation. Even the high court refused to entertain an appeal in this matter,” Trivedi said.

The BJP leader dismissed allegations that the party was adopting different yardsticks for Raje and foreign affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who is under fire for helping Modi get UK travel documents when his passport was revoked.


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