World Bulletin / News Desk
India's main opposition party led calls on Monday for the resignation of the foreign minister over allegations she tried to help the former chief of India's richest sports league obtain British travel documents.
Indian media reported on Sunday that Sushma Swaraj had last year asked British authorities to examine a request to provide travel documents to Lalit Modi, at a time when his passport had been revoked by Indian authorities in a graft case.
Lalit was suspended as the head of India's cash-rich Indian Premier League cricket competition in 2010 following allegations of corruption that also ensnared politicians.
Swaraj did not answer phone calls to her home. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said he had no comment to make at this stage. Lalit could not immediately be reached for a comment.
Modi, who is not related to Lalit, has not commented on the issue so far, but senior leaders of his Bharatiya Janata Party have publicly backed Swaraj.
Modi stormed to power last year with promises of running a graft-free and transparent government. "It is an act of great impropriety," Congress' national spokesman Sanjay Jha told Reuters. "(Swaraj's) resignation ought to be a fait accompli."
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