Morning briefing: Sushma says a Congress leader sought diplomatic passport for coal scam accused

| July 22, 2015



External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today claimed that a senior Congress leader pressed her to give diplomatic passport to coal scam accused Santosh Bagrodia. "A senior Congress leader was pressing me hard to give diplomatic passport to the Coal Scam accused Santosh Bagrodia," said Sushma Swaraj in a tweet this morning. This comes a day after the Congress-led opposition gunned for Swaraj in Patliament on the first day of the monsoon session. The Rajya Sabha witnessed as many as four adjournments on Tuesday. Sushma has said that she would "disclose name of the leader on the floor of the House". Meanwhile, Santosh Bagrodia said he had approached her for diplomatic passport. "Why is she dragging my name in this? I will respond," he said on Wednesday.

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