New Delhi: The main opposition Congress has trained guns on Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and has sought her resignation on moral grounds after she accepted extending help to Lalit Modi by asking the British Government to examine the request of Lalit Modi, who is wanted in the IPL scam case, as per British rules and regulations for giving him travel documents.
Ms. Swaraj has tweeted:
“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.
He told me that he had to be present in the Hospital to sign the consent papers.
He informed me that he had applied for travel documents in London and UK Government was prepared to give him the travel documents.
However, they were restrained by a UPA Government communication that this will spoil Indo-UK relations.
Taking a humanitarian view, I conveyed to the British High Commissioner that “British Government should examine the request of Lalit Modi as per British rules and regulations. If the British Government chooses to give travel documents to Lalit Modi, – that will not spoil our bilateral relations.
Keith Vaz also spoke to me and I told him precisely what I told the British High Commissioner.
I genuinely believe that in a situation such as this, giving emergency travel documents to an Indian citizen cannot and should not spoil relations between the two countries.
I may also state that only a few days later, Delhi High Court quashed UPA Government’s order impounding Lalit Modi’s Passport on the ground that the said order was unconstitutional being violative of fundamental rights and he got his Passport back.