Sushma Swaraj has responded to claims that she helped expedite ex-BCCI vice president and IPL bigwig Lalit Modi’s visa appeal by writing to Labour MP Keith Vaz. Keith Vaz, one of Britain’s longest- serving Indian-origin MPs, could face an inquiry by the UK’s parliamentary watchdog over allegations of a conflict of interest by intervening in the immigration application of controversial IPL founder Lalit Modi.
According to a ‘Sunday Times’ probe, Vaz personally wrote to Sarah Rapson, the director-general of UK visas and immigration, in an effort to expedite the case of London-based Modi, former commissioner of Indian Premier League cricket tournament.
Vaz was then chairman of the influential House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee in which role he was required to scrutinise and hold to account the work of Rapson and her department, the newspaper points out.
Following the reports, the Congress, TMC, Left, JDU and other opposition parties called for her resignation. Modi has been in trouble with the Enforcement Directorate and first left India for London in in 2010 amid claims that the IPL cricket tournament was embroiled in match-fixing and illegal betting. Sushma Swaraj responded to reports on twitter on Sunday morning.