Vasundhara Raje Offered Clandestine Support To Lalit Modi's Immigration Plea In The UK

16/06/2015 7:31 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and chief ministerial candidate for Rajasthan state Vasundhara Raje, attends a meeting of the party after the victory in state Assembly elections in Jaipur, India, Monday, Dec.9, 2013. (AP Photo/ Deepak Sharma)

The Lalit Modi-Sushma Swaraj scandal made deeper inroads into the BJP on Tuesday when documents made available to the press by Lalit Modi's lawyer revealed that Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje had backed the immigration application of former IPL chief commissioner, a fugitive from Indian law.

The BJP leader, who was leader of the opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly at the time, says in her statement that her support should "strictly" be kept hidden from Indian authorities.

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Raje’s witness statement seems to have been included by mistake in a dossier of documents made available to the Indian media by Lalit Modi’s lawyer Mehmood Abdi, who took questions at a press conference on Monday evening.

“I make this statement in support of any immigration application that Lalit Modi makes, but do so on the strict condition that my assistance will become known to the Indian authorities,” the witness statement said. “I am a national of India and am resident there. I was on 8 March 1953 in Mumbai, India. I am currently the leader of the opposition in the Rajasthan State Assembly."

The two other supporters to Modi's application to UK immigration authorities were Abdi, the lawyer, and Robert Nicholls, head of a security agency hired by the Indian Premier League, which was also providing personal security to Lalit Modi before he fled India.

On Tuesday evening, Raje denied knowledge of the document. "I don’t know what documents you people are talking about," she told ANI.

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