External Affairs Minister

Sushma Swaraj assures help for Pak boy Ramzan's return to his country

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today met Mohammad Ramzan, a 15-year-old Pakistani boy stuck in India for over two years, and assured to send an official to the neighbouring country to facilitate his return. “I am going to send our official to Pakistan tomorrow to facilitate Ramzan’s return to his homeland,” Swaraj told reporters after after meeting the teenager from the neighbouring country here today. Ramzan was also present with

Geeta refuses to recognise family: Sushma Swaraj

Geeta, a deaf-mute Indian woman who accidentally crossed over to Pakistan more than a decade ago, on Monday arrived in New Delhi. However, the girl as of now has refused to recognize her family after meeting them, said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in a press conference. “No matter if we find her (Geeta’s) parents or not, she is a daughter of India and we will take care of her,”

Sushma Swaraj's Lalitgate defence in Parliament without notice: Opposition

The opposition on Monday objected to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s statement in Parliament, 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

Sushma Swaraj breaks silence in Parliament with a denial

Making her first statement in Parliament in the Lalit Modi controversy, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday denied asking the British government to issue a travel document to the tainted cricket czar Lalit Modi to allow him and his wife to travel to Portugal for medical reasons. “I did not request the British government for any travel documents for Lalit Modi. The allegations leveled against me are baseless,” Sushma

Sushma Swaraj leaves for New York for Yoga Day event at UN

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday left for New York where she is going to participate in the International Yoga Day event being organised by the Indian Mission at the United Nations. Swaraj, who left by an early morning Air India flight, tweeted, “Leaving for New York.” The International Yoga Day event will be attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon among others. The United Nations had in December last

Sushma Swaraj maintains silence on Lalitgate

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj maintained silence and refused to offer any comment on resignation speculations or the Lalit Modi issue on Friday. Senior officials of the government, including National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, politely told television channel reporters to move away and refrain from asking the minister any questions. Swaraj has denied the allegations and said on social media she was helping Lalit Modi, who is presently based in

Lalit Modi row: Government hits back at Congress

Hitting back at the Congress over the ongoing controversy surrounding former Indian Premier League (IPL) boss Lalit Modi, the NDA government on Thursday said Modi had committed all offences during the previous UPA rule but it took no action against him. While Law Minister Sadananda Gowda attacked Congress alleging the UPA government did not take any action against Modi, his Cabinet colleague Rajiv Pratap Rudy dismissed the demand of resignation

BJP may sack Vasundhara Raje for Lalit Modi links

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, whose proximity and business dealings with former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi has put her party, the BJP, on thin ice may now face the axe and forced to step down. With the evidence of Raje’s son Dushyant Singh’s financial dealings with Modi in the open, senior sources in the BJP have told India Today that the party is willing to sacrifice her

Lalit Modi row: Congress lashes out at PM Narendra Modi

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

Congress demands Sushma Swaraj’s resignation, also drags in PM Modi

Congress today demanded resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for her help to Indian fugitive Lalit Modi in getting British travel documents and dragged Prime Minister Narendra Modi into the raging row, saying “needle of suspicion rests” at his door. The main opposition party also posed 11 questions to the Prime Minister, including “what happens to transparency and non-corruption promise” made by him and how the government would bring

Sushma Swaraj admits helping Lalit Modi to procure travel documents

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today admitted that despite of the red alert issued by the government against former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi, she had helped expedite the travel documents of the controversial man enabling him to move out of London to meet his ailing wife in Portugal. Swaraj said that she took a humanitarian view of Modi’s case since his wife was suffering from cancer. “Sometime