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Sonia, Varun dragged into Lalit Modi controversy

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NEW DELHI, July 1 � A fresh controversy involving External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in connection with her links to Lalit Modi erupted today after it emerged that the former IPL chief offered her husband a position on the board of one of his family-run firms, reports PTI.

Sushma�s husband Swaraj Kaushal was offered the position of director to alternate for the controversial former IPL chief on the board of Indofil Industries, an integrated chemical company.

Lalit, who is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for alleged money laundering, later withdrew the offer before it could be considered by the board.

Levelling fresh allegations, Lalit Modi also sought to drag Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and BJP leader Varun Gandhi in the escalating row involving the controversial former IPL chief.

Modi alleged that Varun had met him at his house in London and offered a deal to �settle� matters with Sonia Gandhi, a charge dubbed by the BJP MP as �baseless� and �nonsense�.

Vehemently denying the charge, Varun told PTI, �This is absolutely baseless and it is beneath my dignity to respond to this nonsense.� The BJP also came to Varun�s defence, saying he is in a different party than Sonia Gandhi.

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Sonia, Varun dragged into Lalit Modi controversy

NEW DELHI, July 1 � A fresh controversy involving External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in connection with her links to Lalit Modi erupted today after it emerged that the former IPL chief offered her husband a position on the board of one of his family-run firms, reports PTI.

Sushma�s husband Swaraj Kaushal was offered the position of director to alternate for the controversial former IPL chief on the board of Indofil Industries, an integrated chemical company.

Lalit, who is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for alleged money laundering, later withdrew the offer before it could be considered by the board.

Levelling fresh allegations, Lalit Modi also sought to drag Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and BJP leader Varun Gandhi in the escalating row involving the controversial former IPL chief.

Modi alleged that Varun had met him at his house in London and offered a deal to �settle� matters with Sonia Gandhi, a charge dubbed by the BJP MP as �baseless� and �nonsense�.

Vehemently denying the charge, Varun told PTI, �This is absolutely baseless and it is beneath my dignity to respond to this nonsense.� The BJP also came to Varun�s defence, saying he is in a different party than Sonia Gandhi.