While the CM's press advisor refused to comment on media reports, Rajasthan Sports Minister Gajendra Singh said, "I do not have any idea about it" on being asked whether Raje had sent such a recommendation.

Raje had reportedly forwarded Lalit Modi's name to the state's Sports Council citing grounds of his vast business empire and his contributions in development of cricket in the state.

When contacted, Subhash Joshi, who was then Honorary Secretary to the Rajasthan Cricket Association(RCA) told reporters, "Rajasthan State Sports Council's (RSSC) Secretary had sent us a letter for submitting Padma award proposal of Lalit Modi as he was RCA president and BCCI vice-president on July 27, 2007."

"RSSC had sent a letter seeking the details and papers of Lalit Modi (LaMo) from RCA", Joshi said. "RSSC had forwarded LaMo's proposal to Principal Secretary of Youth Affairs and Sports Department in the state government in 2007", Joshi, who is still Sikar District Cricket Association's senior functionary, cited.

However, the Centre had ignored the state government's recommendation for Padma award to Lalit Modi which was clubbed with international archer Limba Ram.

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