The Congress on Monday intensified its attack on the Centre over the Lalit Modi controversy by accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of giving tacit approval in letting the “fugitive” evade law.
The Congress had on Sunday reiterated its demand to remove External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, alleging she had helped former IPL boss Lalit Modi get the travel documents from the UK government.
“Incontrovertible facts, documents and details of ‘Modigate’ emerging since yesterday clearly reflect active complicity of not only External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj but also point towards the BJP government aiding and abetting a fugitive of Indian law with tacit approval of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Congress communication department chief Randeep Surjewala said.
He said, “For a prime minister, who singlehandedly runs the foreign ministry with the external affairs minister playing a second fiddle, Narendra Modi’s complicity in providing favours to a legally established offender and absconder – Lalit Modi – is nothing but open to negative interpretation.”
Surjewala said that while Sushma helped Lalit obtain documents needed to travel outside India, the previous UPA government had denied such permission.
“Lalit Modi, who is involved in a hawala betting, matchfixing and money-laundering racket amounting to nearly ` 700 crore, was directly in touch with Sushma, who admits to be acquainted with him as also of speaking to him over phone on a number of occasions,” said Surjewala.