Mainstream, VOL LIII No 28 New Delhi July 4, 2015
Unpardonable Crime of helping a Fugitive Criminal
Monday 6 July 2015
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s contention—that the help that she gave to Lalit Modi to go to Portugal to sign the consent papers of his ailing wife was on humanitarian grounds—does not in any way exonerate her from committing a serious crime of helping a notorious fugitive criminal who is not involved only in cricketing-betting, match-fixing, rigging and money-laundering but in a number of cases. By requesting the Indian origin Labour MP, Keith Vaz, and the British High Commissioner to get the travel documents for Modi to proceed to Portugal to see his ailing wife, she conveniently forgot that Modi, the tainted criminal, is absconding since 2010 to evade scam investigation. It is also to be noted that the Minister had no hesitation in seeking Modi’s assistance in getting her nephew admitted in a London school. This incident falsifies the BJP’s claim that there has been no scandal in the first year of the BJP rule.
Dr M. Hashim Kidwai, (Ex-Member of Parliament)
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