“I did not request the British government for any travel documents for Lalit Modi. The allegations levelled against me are baseless,” Sushma told the Lok Sabha. “If it had been (Congress president) Sonia Gandhi in my place, what she would have done,” she asked.
The opposition had earlier objected to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s statement in Rajya Sabha, saying it was made without notice and hence illegal, and urged Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari not to take it on record.
In her statement during the Zero Hour, Sushma had made the statement saying she had not made any request to the British government for the issue of travel documents to controversial former Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi and asserted that all allegations against her were “baseless and unfounded”.
She has been facing vociferous demands from the Congress for her resignation over her alleged help to Modi who is facing Enforcement Directorate investigations. She said her help was extended to Modi’s wife who was battling cancer for 17 years and was undergoing treatment in Portugal.