When former IPL boss Lalit Modi pumped Rs 11.63 crore into a company owned by BJP MP Dushyant Singh, he also entered into a direct business deal with the lawmaker’s mother, Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, documents reveal.
Armed with Raje’s affidavit for the 2013 Rajasthan assembly polls, the Congress showed on Friday that she had 3,280 shares, or a 30% stake, in Niyant Heritage Hotel Pvt Ltd.
“It is not only Dushyant, but Raje too was among the beneficiaries of this windfall favour by Lalit Modi,” said Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar.
The affidavit was filed to the Election Commission (EC) along with Raje’s nomination papers for the polls in which she swept back to power in the state. The chief minister said in her sworn statement the value of her shares was Rs 32,800.
The fresh controversy comes against the backdrop of the Congress’s attack on Raje amid reports she signed a statement backing Lalit Modi’s immigration plea in the UK four years ago when he was facing heat from Indian authorities over corruption charges.
Earlier, documents showed Modi bought 815 shares worth Rs 10 each of the company run by Dushyant Singh and his wife for a whopping Rs 96,190 apiece.
BJP leaders in Rajasthan argued the shares were a gift to Raje from her son and daughter-in-law, while party spokesperson Sambit Patra said the chief minister’s income tax returns for the years under question were scrutinised by the I-T department, which found nothing wrong.
Opening up another front against the Rajasthan CM, the Congress alleged she allowed a lopsided agreement between her government with Portugal's Champalimaud Foundation for setting up a cancer hospital in Jaipur.
The MoU was inked almost two months after Lalit Modi's wife reportedly underwent medical treatment at the Lisbon-based institute.
Congress general secretary CP Joshi, a former union minister from Rajasthan, alleged that under the agreement the state government would provide land and handle the financial management of the hospital.
"It is a clear-cut deal of quid pro quo, signed in the presence of Vasundhara Raje,” alleged Joshi. "The MoU also states that the Rajasthan government will constitute a society for financial management of the centre."