Congress leader wanted me to help scam accused: Sushma

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said a senior Congress leader had pressed her hard to give diplomatic passport to a scam accused Congress leader.

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“A senior congress leader was pressing me hard to give diplomatic passport to the coal scam accused Santosh Bagrodia,” Swaraj Swaraj tweeted, hours before the second day of monsoon session in parliament.

The development comes a day after she had offered to give a statement in parliament about Congress’ allegations over her links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi.

She also said she will disclose the name of the Congress leader in parliament.

“I will disclose the name of the leader on the floor of the house,” she said in another tweet.

Congress had demanded her resignation, even after she had offered to give a statement in the house.

Cong leader sought diplomatic passport for Coal scam accused: Swaraj

New Delhi (PTI): In remarks which can create controversy, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said a Congress leader had pressed her to give diplomatic passport to Coal scam accused Santosh Bagrodia.

However, the Minister did not disclose the name of the Congress leader, saying she would do so in Parliament.

“A senior Congress leader was pressing me hard to give diplomatic passport to Coal Scam accused Santosh Bagrodia. “I will disclose name of the leader on the floor of the House,” Swaraj tweeted.

Bagrodia, who is a former minister of state for Coal, was yesterday summoned as accused by a Special Court in a coal scam case pertaining to allocation of Maharashtra’s Bander coal block to AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd.

Swaraj is facing ire of the opposition led by Congress which is demanding her resignation for helping controversial former IPL Chief Lalit Modi get travel documents.

The Congress yesterday disrupted Rajya Sabha over the issue on the opening day of the Monsoon Session. It rejected the government offer of a statement by Swaraj and a debate, saying she must resign first.

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