Lalit Modi invoked names of British royalty to obtain UK travel documents


Former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi invoked the names of British royalty, including Prince Charles and his brother Andrew, while seeking his travel papers from the UK Home Office, according to a media report today.

According to the report in ‘The Sunday Times’, Andrew — the Duke of York and second son of Queen Elizabeth II — has known Modi for several years and met Modi at his London home last July, just days before his travel papers were granted.

Buckingham Palace refused to say what the two men had discussed but denied “categorically” that the duke had lobbied the UK government on Modi’s behalf.

Sushma Swaraj has been in the eye of storm after it was revealed that she had allegedly committed an act of conflict of interest by requesting the British authorities to issue travel documents to Modi, who was wanted by the Enforcement Directorate in multi-crore scandal.