DEFENCE: Sushma Swaraj (left) with Lalit Modi at an IPL game
Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday (25) defended herself against charges of helping former Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Lalit Modi, saying she never requested or recommended travel documents for him.
In a series of tweets, Swaraj, who is facing calls from the opposition demanding her resignation
for helping Modi get travel documents, said it was “absolutely false” that she spoke to Keith Vaz, the British Labour MP, to allow British government to let the former IPL commissioner travel.
“I am saying this time and again that I never requested or recommended travel documents for Lalit Modi,” she said.
In another tweet, the minister said, “As a minister I am accountable to Parliament. That is the only forum to inform the nation.”
On her earlier tweets when the controversy broke out, where she had maintained that her gesture was based on humanitarian grounds, Swaraj said, “I left this to the UK Government to decide under their own laws and regulations. And that is what they did.”