Vasundhara Raje recommended Lalit Modi for Padma award in 2007

NEW DELHI: Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje could be landing in to more trouble as the latest media reports suggest that she had recommended Modi for a Padma award in 2007.

According to a news report in Dainik Bhaskar, former IPL chief Lalit Modi was recommended for a Padma Award in 2007 by Vasundhara Raje led-Rajasthan government.

Raje had reportedly forwarded Lalit Modi’s name through the sports council on the ground of his vast business empire and his contributions in development of cricket in the state.

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Former Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) secretary Subhash Joshi said there was nothing objectionable about former IPL chief Lalit Modi being recommended for a Padma Shri award in 2007, as he was fulfilling his responsibility at that time.

“At that time, Lalit Modi was the president. The cricket work was going on well. Six international matches of the Champions’ Trophy took place here and a world class academy was also built. So, a good amount of work was done. It is entirely upon the state government to decide whom to honour and how. Be it the government of Bharatiya Janata Party or CPM,” he said.

“They recommend some names from their edge from different sectors. Similarly, his (Lalit Modi) name was also recommended. So, it is not unusual and there is nothing controversial about it because good work happening at that time and all the newspapers praised it as well,” he added.

Joshi further said that he fails to understand the issue in this because real work was done at that time.

“Moreover, it is completely upon the Central government to either accept or reject it. I don’t understand how this has become an issue. Sending recommendation is a constitutional right of any state. I think it was all done as a part of the routine work,” he added.

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