Soon after Sushma Swaraj’s admission that she helped controversial IPL founder and enforcement directorate offender Lalit Modi with his travel document, BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday backed the External Affairs Minister.
Saying that Sushma has already given her clarification on Twitter, Shah pointed that she helped an Indian national on humanitarian grounds who wanted to travel to Portugal for the treatment of his cancer-stricken wife.
“Sushma has already clarified her stand on Twitter. She helped Modi on humanitarian grounds and had asked British MP Keith Vaz to assist as per UK laws.”
While slamming the Opposition for demanding the Union Minister’s resignation, Shah said that the issue of visa for Lalit Modi should not be politicised.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, too, came to Sushma’s defence saying what she did was right and that the government stands by her.
Keith Vaz, one of Britain’s longest- serving Indian-origin MPs, was reported earlier in the month to the parliamentary standards commissioner after lobbying visa officials on behalf of former IPL chief Lalit Modi.
The Labour MP wrote to Sarah Rapson, the director-general of UK visas and immigration, inquiring whether Modi’s “travel document could be made available”, revealed a report in the Sunday Times.
Modi fled India for England in 2010 after his passport was revoked amid claims of financial irregularities.
After a long and drawn out battle with Britain’s immigration authorities, the former BCCI official was granted leave to remain in March last year, allowing him to apply for British travel papers.