NEW DELHI: It has emerged that the Enforcement Directorate, in its investigation against former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, found that Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasudhara Raje’s son Dushyant Singh’s company received a sum of Rs 11.63 crore from Modi.
Dushyant Singh is a BJP MP from Jhalawar-Baran, Rajasthan.
The reports emerged as few unsigned documents, which endorsed Lalit’s application in 2011 to stay on in the UK, said Raje’s “assistance” should not “become known” to Indian authorities – a damaging clause that plunged the BJP into stunned silence soon after finance minister Arun Jaitley was fielded to defend external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.
According to a news report, the money was accrued to the company through loan and share purchase.
Niyant Heritage Hotels Pvt Limited is the name of Dushyant Singh’s company.
Raje on Wednesday called up BJP president Amit Shah and explained her position after Lalit Modi claimed she had supported his immigration plea in Britain.
Sources said Raje discussed with Shah the claims made by Lalit Modi and told the party chief that she did share family ties with the former IPL boss but there is no wrongdoing on her part.
Party sources said Raje has sought to explain her ties between the two families and her friendship with Modi’s wife but the documents being circulated in the media are “unverified and unsigned”. Sources said that Raje is in close touch with the party ever since documents suggesting that Raje had helped scam-tainted Modi’s immigration in the UK by giving a written statement.
She has however, maintained that she has no knowledge of the documents being shown by the media.
Raje had distanced herself from the document purportedly showing her backing former IPL chief’s immigration plea in Britain.
“Of course I know the family. I have always known them… (But) I do not know what documents they are talking about,” she has said.
BJP chief Amit Shah, besides Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley have already come out in support of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, saying she has only acted out of ‘humanitarian’ reasons to help Modi with his travel documents to take care of his ailing wife.
The Congress on Wednesday demanded Raje’s resignation over allegations that she testified in favour of Lalit Modi’s British immigration application in 2011.
“The Chief Minister has no right to continue in office,” Congress Rajasthan unit chief Sachin Pilot said at a press conference in Delhi.
Pilot alleged that Raje helped Modi, who was facing investigations regarding alleged tax evasion.
Pilot said the Congress in the state would hit the streets on Thursday to press for her resignation.
The Congress has been demanding Swaraj’s resignation over her assistance to Modi to get travel documents from the British authorities after his Indian passport was revoked.
The party’s Rajasthan unit on Wednesday passed a resolution at its executive meeting in Udaipur demanding Raje and Swaraj’s ouster.
“The resignations have been demanded from both of them (Raje and Sushma Swaraj) for allegedly favouring Lalit Modi,” Congress state unit spokesperson Archana Sharma told IANS over phone.
In Delhi, Congress national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the party will pursue all remedies “legal or otherwise in the matter”.
Quizzed on Modi having named some senior Congress functionaries also in the list of people helping him, Surjewala said: “If Lalit Modi had been helped by the UPA then he would not have been in the situation he is in now.”
“The senior leadership of the BJP lies exposed for having helped a fugitive wanted by law. Both Sushma Swaraj and Raje are guilty of constitutional impropriety,” he added.