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New Delhi: Allegations against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the Lalit Modi issue are “baseless” and the government has a “collective responsibility” for all decisions taken, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday.

“Our ministers are capable of taking decisions and all decisions are collective responsibility of the government,” he said at a press conference here jointly addressed with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

“Let me clarify, all allegations are baseless. The minister and the party chief (Amit Shah) have given statements… whatever she did she did with good intentions – she acted bona fide. The whole government and party have the same view on this,” he said.

The finance minister also confirmed that notices have been issued against former IPL chairman Lalit Modi in 15 out of 16 cases.

“ED has directed several cases against person concerned… show cause notice have been issued in a number of them. These notices are quasi-judicial function of ED,” he said.

Jaitley clarified on the blue corner notice on Lalit Modi, saying “there is confusion about shades of blue”.

“Department of revenue intelligence had issued a light blue corner notice on the request of enforcement directorate to Lalit Modi in 2010 and that notice still stands,” he added.

Sushma Swaraj has been in controversy for helping out the controversial former IPL chief.

The external affairs minister has said she helped Lalit Modi, who has been staying in London since 2010 following allegations of financial impropriety, after he approached her last July, saying his wife was suffering from cancer and was to undergo surgery in Portugal. (IANS)

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IPL Betting scam, Arbaaz Khan to be Inquired by Police

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IPL betting scam, Arbaaz khan interrogated by police. Flickr

Bollywood actor and producer Arbaaz Khan was summoned for investigations and interrogation into the ongoing probe in the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting case, other bollywood celebrities are also in the suspect list, a Mumbai police official said here on Friday.

Arbaaz, younger brother of superstar Salman Khan, has been asked to appear before the Thane crime branch’s Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) on Saturday, said Police Inspector Rajkumar Kothmire.

The summons were issued to Arbaaz after prominent bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Batla — who reportedly has links with various mafia dons, including absconding Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar — was arrested sometime ago and interrogated by the AEC sleuths in connection with the IPL scam, he added.

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“The case investigations are going on since the past five-six years and could involve amounts of over Rs 500-600 crore. We want to find out from Arbaaz what was his role and how much  he is involved in the entire matter,” said Kothmire who is probing the matter.

The 50-year-old actor-producer’s cropped up during Jalan’s interrogation and recovery of some photographs which include other major film personalities who may be subsequently summoned, he indicated. Thane police arrested Jalan in the Kalyan court during his meeting to other accused.

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Arbaaz Khan. flickr

According to Kothmire, the entire IPL betting scam involves some of the biggest bookies operating from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and New Delhi.

Jalan was first nabbed around 10 years ago when the IPL betting scam had erupted, According to reports Jalan has an international racket and most of its clients are in South Africa and later investigations proved he was in touch with several world famous personalities, including Arbaaz, though it is yet not confirmed that whether Arbaaz has direct connectios with the scam or not. (IANS)

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