NEW DELHI: Former IPL chief Lalit Modi on Friday spilled some more allegations on Twitter, claiming that he and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal had sat and chatted for three days in Istanbul.
"Did KAPIL Sibal a congress politician report we sat and ate and spoke at a wedding for 3 days in Istanbul," tweeted Lalit Modi, whose alleged links with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje have caused a storm.
Asked by twitterati if he had met Sibal when he was a minister in the Congress-led UPA, he said "No - he was not. He met few weeks ago. Just for information. Congress thinks I am a pariah that's why I mentioned (him)."
Earlier in the day, Modi, who has repeatedly been termed an absconder by the Congress for alleged financial impropriety,tweeted that he had bumped into Congress president Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Vadra and her husband Robert Vadra in a London restaurant last year.
"Happy to meet the Gandhi family in London. I had run into Robert (Vadra) and Priyanka separately in a restaurant," tweeted Modi. The Congress swiftly denied the claim.
Priyanka Gandhi's office said "there was no meeting".
Congress party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said Priyanka Gandhi and Vadra had "committed no crime". There was no "social interaction" of any nature between them. "Looking at each other in a restaurant is neither a crime nor morally improper."
The former Indian Premier League commissioner, who lives in London since 2010, also tweeted his distress at the "unfounded allegations" levelled at him which he described as "press fodder for enhanced TRPs and Political score settlings...typical of BANANA REPUBLICS".
"In the CIVILIZED WORLD governed by the RULE of (L)AW....what is the CASE against me?", he asked and declared his love for India, which he said "is the next SUPER POWER".
He urged for an end to the "harassment" to him and his family and asked "Simply answer my "ONE" Question - Which court in our Prestigious Land "Has charged me of any crime".
Lalit Modi, who has been staying in London since the ED sought to probe him over alleged financial impropriety, said he left India "for only one reason. That is SAFETY. Who amongst you would not protect himself and his family. Stand up now. Stop this WITCH HUNT".
He said he has given India "something to be proud of" in the form of the money-spinning IPL tourney.
"The IPL became the fastest growing Brand GLOBALLY. If this is what one Gets for doing something for ones Country Then we definitely are headed towards becoming a TRULY BANANA REPUBLIC."
He said that most people "most go thru HELL like me and eventually are exxhonerated (sic)...but due to my prominence..I have been dragged thru this very painful mud....Not Fair !!! (sic)".