The Congress on Friday asked the central government to specify a time frame for bringing back former IPL boss Lalit Modi to the country and alleged that he enjoyed the patronage of the ruling NDA.
“The government should tell us when it will get Lalit Modi back to the country,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said adding that his party would raise the issue both inside and outside Parliament.
The Congress demand comes a day after TV channels reported that former finance minister P Chidambaram had written to authorities in UK two years ago asking them to deport the cricket czar over allegations of money laundering.
NDTV, which accessed the letter written in August 2013, reported Chidambaram calling for Modi’s deportation and not for his extradition, which usually takes a longer period to process.
Britsh authorities wrote back a month later saying that an extradition request was the most appropriate step where criminal investigations are involved, the report said.
Lalit Modi, who has been living in London over the past five years, faces an Enforcement Directorate probe into charges of money laundering.
Two senior leaders of the the ruling BJP -- external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhra Raje -- are accused of favouring the cricket honcho while he was in exile.
While Swaraj allegedly requested UK authorities to issue Modi temporary travel documents to travel to Portugal, Raje was accused of secretly backing his plea for immigration in the UK. The issue rocked Parliament earlier this year with opposition parties stalling the monsoon session demanding their resignations.