NEW DELHI: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had backed the immigration plea of scam-tainted former IPL boss Lalit Modi in Britain in 2011, contending she had no doubt that the frontal attack he was facing in India then was "politically motivated".
Here are the highlights of Raje's witness statement
Given my close understanding of, and involvement in Indian politics, I have absolutely no doubt that the broad, full frontal attack that Lalit is currently facing in India is politically motivated.
Certain elements within Indian politics seek to preserve their own interest by exacting revenge on political opponents. This is exactly the motive that is guiding the attack on Lalit at the moment in India.
By destroying and discrediting' Modi the congress party hoped to remove, "one of my key supporters" from the political scene.
In the course of doing so by virtue of my association with him, they hope to politically discredit me as well.
Lalit's close connection to me has resulted in huge animosity towards him from the Congress party, both at the Rajasthan and the national levels.
I make this statement in support of any immigration application that Lalit Modi makes, but do on a strict condition that my assistance will not become known to the Indian authorities.
The political attack which is currently underway against Lalit in India, is in my opinion, designed to destroy Lalit's reputation to keep him out of Rajasthan Cricket and politics and to thereby discredit me.
I am also aware that Modi, in the context of his role as IPL founder and chairman, has major run-ins with prominent Central government ministers.
I will not comment upon those conflicts as they have never involved me directly. What is clear, however, is that they have only served to exacerbate Lalit's difficulties with the ruling Congress party.
Given my family's long history in public and political life in India and its involvement with the BJP since its inception and due to her position of importance within the party in Rajasthan, I am a key political target as far as the Congress party is concerned.
A significant part of Congress party's election campaign (in 2008) was devoted to the propagation of smear campaign against her and Modi.
They made numrous unfounded allegations of corruption during my time as Chief Minister. By this time, Lalit had become a household name in India and indeed across the sporting world following the phenomenal success of the inaugural IPL.
Lalit's success was used by many of the cricketing and political old guard within the Congress party with great jealosuly and animoisty. By this point, whether he liked it or not, Lalit had been painted as a pro-BJP and an anti-Congress figure.
The information contained in the statement was "true, correct and accurate" to the best of my knowledge and belief.
The statement was released by senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh which at the outset has a 'confidentiality notice', insisting that it is provided on the "strict understanding that its contents and the identity of its maker are treated confidentially and that it is used only for the purposes stated in it."