Raje recommended Lalit Modi for Padma Shri in 2007

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Photo: PTIIt has come to light now that Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje had recommended former IPL chief Modi for a Padma Shri in 2007, according to a Dainik Bhaskar report.

The Rajasthan State Sports Council (RSSC) had recommended Modi’s name on July 28, 2007 and Raje reportedly forwarded his name for development of state’s cricket and business.

As per the media reports, the RSSC had sought an application from Modi for recommending his name. Then RSSC secretary, UD Khan had sent Modi’s form (for the award) to Subhash Joshi, former secretary, Rajasthan Cricket Association, who in turn forwarded the form to the chief secretary. While one application (recommendation) was only for Modi, in the other, he was clubbed along with archer Limba Ram.

The state government had cited how much Modi had invested in Rajasthan and also spoke of his contribution towards development of sports in Rajasthan. However, the Union government ignored the state government’s Padma Shri recommendation to Modi. Limba Ram was awarded Padma Shri in 2012.

“It is up to the Centre whether to accept or reject a state’s recommendation. I don’t understand how this has become an issue. Sending recommendation is a constitI think it was all done as a part of the routine work,” he added.

When asked, Joshi said, there was nothing objectionable about the Padma Shri recommendation to Modi. “Then Modi was the RCA president. Six international matches of the Champions’ Trophy were played in Jaipur and a cricket academy had also come up in the Sawai Man Singh Stadium. So, a lot of good of was done and it was up to Rajasthan to decide whom to honour and whom not to,”he said.

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