New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been dragged into controversy after accepting that she helped former cricketing tycoon Lalit Modi to procure travel documents to return to India.
According to a report in a UK English daily, Swaraj wrote to Labour MP Keith Vaz to expedite Modi’s travel documents to India.
Vaz used Swaraj’s name to ‘pressurise’ the director- general of UK visas and immigration, Sarah Rapson to grant travel papers to Modi.
The report also claimed that Vaz had previously offered to help Swaraj’s nephew to apply for a British law degree.
According to the report, Modi was granted his travel papers within 24 hours of Vaz invoking Swaraj’s name.
Meanwhile, Swaraj issued a clarification on Twitter saying that she had helped Modi on humanitarian grounds as his wife was suffering from cancer.
Sometime in July 2014 Lalit Modi spoke to me that his wife was suffering from Cancer and her surgery was fixed for 4th Aug in Portugal.