Former IPL Chief Lalit Modi, who is at the centre of a controversy, apparently offered Swaraj Kaushal, husband of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, to serve on the board of his firm, Indofil, two months ago.
NDTV said, Modi in an email, had offered the job to Kaushal, who was also one of Modi’s lawyers. Although Kaushal refused to accept the post of “Alternate Director”, but the Congress says he, (Kaushal) was sought out by Modi, which shows proximity between Sushma Swaraj and Modi.
“When he refused to take up Modi’s offer, what is the problem? Kaushal did not hide his professional links with Modi,” said BJP spokesperson, GVL Narasimha Rao.
Modi is wanted for several corruption cases in India and now lives in London.
“Was the offer from Modi to Kaushal made on humanitarian grounds?” asked Tom Vadakkan of the Congress, on 1 July.
When Kaushal refused Modi, the offer was withdrawn in writing, said company officials. Modi said he can’t travel to India due to underworld threats to his life, so an alternate director would fill in for him at board meetings.
The Opposition is demanding Swaraj and Rajathan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s resignation for backing Modi’s immigration appeal in the United Kingdom. Also, Modi bought stake in a company co-owned by Raje’s son.