Former IPL chief Lalit Modi, who is accused of financial irregularities and money laundering by the Enforcement Directorate, has now targeted young BJP MP Varun Gandhi, claiming that the latter had met him in London a few years ago and said that he will settle ‘everything’ with the help of his aunt – Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
Lalit Modi made this revelation on social networking site Twitter and dared Varun Gandhi, who is best known for his anti-Muslim rhetoric during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, to confirm the same.
Modi claimed that Varun Gandhi had asked him to meet the sister of his aunt (Sonia Gandhi) who resides in Italy. “Through a common friend, I contacted his aunt’s sister and she asked for Rs 60 million dollars to settle all legal issues involving me with the help of Sonia Gandhi,” he added.
A world renowned astrologer is witness to his meetings and dealings with Varun Gandhi, he claimed.
In another tweet, Modi claimed that he completely disagreed with the offer and told them so.
Importantly, Varun Gandhi today accepted that he had met Lalit Modi at his London residence three years ago but completely denied that he had offered to settle all legal matters involving the former IPL chief with the help of Congress chief.
These are baseless allegations. Lalit is trying to divert attention and drag names unnecessarily, Varun Gandhi was quoted as saying by ANI.
The former IPL chief had last week claimed that Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka and her husband Robert Vadra had met him in a London restaurant last year, a charge later denied by Priyanka’s office.
Modi did not imply any wrongdoing on their part, but the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), smarting from several damaging revelations by the former IPL chief, immediately went into an attacking mode.
“The Congress must explain. Why are Gandhis silent,” asked BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.
Priyanka Gandhi’s office also said, “there was no meeting”.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said Priyanka Gandhi and Robert Vadra had ”committed no crime”. There was no ”social interaction” of any nature between them. ‘Looking at each other in a restaurant is neither a crime nor morally improper”, he said.
The BJP has been facing fire over Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s reported connections with Lalit Modi. She is alleged to have signed documents supporting Lalit Modi’s application for residency in Britain even though he was said to be a fugitive from India.
Modi is embroiled in a row over alleged financial irregularities and money laundering in awarding rights of the Indian Premier League 2009 by the Enforcement Directorate.
The Enforcement Directorate, which has built up a case against him, has decided to seek legal assistance from Singapore and Mauritius to take forward its probe in the alleged financial irregularities in the Indian Premier League and its former chairman Lalit Modi.
Officials said the agency has initiated the ‘legal procedures’ to obtain from a court two Letters Rogatories (overseas judicial requests) to be sent to the two countries as part of its probe in the alleged laundering of funds in awarding media rights of the money spinning cricket tournament in 2009.
An ED team from its Mumbai zonal office has also been sent to Singapore but officials indicated they are part of an investigating team probing another case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).