oppn parties Sushma Swaraj Must Resign for Her Improper Deed

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  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
  • The Bihar assembly passes a resolution to stick to the old NPR form, making it the first NDA state to do so
  • Arms deal for advanced helicopters, worth $3bn, signed with the US, but the trade deal remains elusive
  • Trump says he has a good equation with Pak PM Imran Khan and assures India that Pakistan is working to reduce cross border terrorism
  • Trump once again offers to mediate in the Kashmir issue
  • Trump says it is up to India to decide on the CAA
  • US President Donald Trump says PM Modi wants religious freedom for all
Continuing violence in Delhi takes the sheen off the visit by US President Donald Trump
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Sushma Swaraj Must Resign for Her Improper Deed

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2015-09-25 11:53:45

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
On the one hand, Sushma Swaraj keeps denying that she helped Lalit Modi in getting travel documents by requesting the UK government to allow him to visit Spain for the operation of his wife while on the other she indulges in theatrics in parliament and asks what Sonia Gandhi would have done in her place. Which Sushma are we to believe?

As a senior and seasoned politician, Sushma Swaraj must be aware that whatever defence she is putting up is very weak. She says that even though Lalit Modi was a supposed offender, his wife was not at fault and it was wrong to let her suffer. But by helping Lalit Modi to visit his ailing wife, Sushma opened the door for him to subsequently travel around the world as if nothing serious had happened â€" as if he was not charged with a case of huge money laundering in India. He has painted the world red, partying with his ill begotten wealth.

Sushma Swaraj is guilty of helping a friend who was an accused in a case in India and who, for all practical purposes, was an absconder. If this is not misuse of official position, what is? All evidence points to the fact that Swaraj did this as an autocrat, bypassing normal ministerial channels and in double quick time. Her family’s long standing connections with Modi have also come out in the open. She has no escape routes.

Lalit Modi must be brought back to India and tried for his offences. A non-bailable arrest warrant has been issued by the Enforcement Directorate. The government must now issue a red corner notice and explore other avenues, including an extradition warrant, with the UK government, to bring him back. Only then will the country get to know the low down on this messy affair.