Sushma Swaraj says didn't request UK govt to help Lalit Modi

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday told Parliament that she did not make any request to UK government on behalf of Lalit Modi.

india Updated: Aug 03, 2015 13:08 IST
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Hindustan Times
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External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at Parliament house on the opening day of the Monsoon session in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said she never helped former IPL chief Lalit Modi in getting travel documents from the British authorities.

The minister told the Rajya Sabha the she has been waiting since last two weeks to make her stand clear.

"This issue about me is being raised since the last two weeks. I had informed the through the leader of the house that I am ready for discussion. Since last seven days, I am sitting here every day just so that discussion may start," she said amid ruckus in the house.

"But they don't start the discussion, they just create ruckus. The facts, this notice is based on, are baseless and untrue... I never requested the British government to give travel documents to Lalit Modi," Swaraj said.

Congress members trooped into the Well of the House shouting slogans seeking resignations of Swaraj and Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje in connection with the Lalit Modi controversy and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the Vyapam scam.

With half of the monsoon session virtually washed out, the government asked Congress to introspect and said it can have "honourable exit" by having a debate on the row surrounding Swaraj and Lalit Modi.

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First Published: Aug 03, 2015 11:54 IST