JAIPUR: With reports of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje backing Lalit Modi’s immigration application surfacing in various sections of the media, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kailash Nath Bhatt on Tuesday said that the former had not extended any help to the former IPL chairman and added that the authenticity of the documents claiming the same were yet to be verified.
“Vasundhara Raje ji has not extended any such help...She has not been in touch with Lalit Modi for many years now. This is opposition’s conspiracy...The document’s authenticity still remains unverified...Sushma ji has been helping many Indians. If she did something for Lalit Modi on humanitarian grounds, what's wrong with that?” he said.
According to reports, the documents released by Lalit Modi’s public relations team reveal that Vasundhara Raje had backed the former IPL chief's UK immigration application in August 2011 on the condition that her support would be kept a secret.
The BJP is in the middle of mammoth controversy after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had on Sunday said she had taken a humanitarian view of Lalit Modi's case since his wife was suffering from cancer.
She further said that British MP Keith Vaz had spoken to her on the same, adding she believes that giving an Indian citizen 'emergency travel documents' cannot spoil relations between India and the UK.
Vaz, who is facing an inquiry in the UK over the role he played in Modi receiving his travel papers, said that he had checked with the Indian Government before taking any action and added that he had received a 'no objection' from New Delhi.