NEW DELHI: In what is likely to escalate the problem revolving around Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, the latest media reports suggest that she had recommended former Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner Lalit Modi for a Padma Award in 2007.

Believing the report, Lalit Modi was recommended for the Padma Award in 2007 by Vasundhra Raje headed Rajasthan government.

Modi’s name was recommended by the Rajasthan Sports Council on July 28, 2007. Raje served as the Rajasthan CM from 2003 to 2008.

According to the reports, Raje had extended Modi’s name through the sports council on the ground of his enormous business expansion and his contributions in development of cricket in the state.

The recommendation letter reportedly also talked about how Modi helped the state in organizing six matches of Champions League.

Already in the dock for extending help to Lalit Modi by delivering a favourable affidavit to him, Vasundhra Raje is sure to be attacked by the Opposition after this revelation in the report.

Lalit Modi who is facing the ED probe into alleged money laundering in connection with organizing of IPL tournament has made London his home in order to avoid legal processes in India since 2010.

Son of Vasundhra Raje, Dushyant Singh Raje has also been facing the flak over reports that his company received Rs 11.63 crore in investments from Modi in 2008.

Defending Raje and the state government’s move following the reports, former Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) Secretary Subhash Joshi today expressed that Lalit Modi has done extraordinary work in promoting cricket and the state government must have recommended but it was Centre who has to take a final call on the it.


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