Congress, which has sought her resignation, asked the Centre to make public all letters it had written to the UK government on Lalit Modi and insisted that Swaraj's help to him for getting travel documents was a clear case of quid-pro-quo.

"In the interest of transparency, Government of India should release the letters written to the UK Chancellor on the Lalit Modi case", Congress leader P Chidambaram said today. The former Finance Minister had vigorously pursued with UK government the issue of his deportation to India.

Congress spokesperson P L Punia said Swaraj and Lalit Modi were in contact for long. "As a quid-pro-quo, Swaraj has done favour to a tainted person who is accused of Rs 700 crore money laundering...," he cited terming as 'complete bogus' her defence that she helped him on humanitarian ground.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar latched on the controversy to target Modi government over its probity claims and said the entire government was in the 'dock' following the incident.

"What is clear from the support (to Swaraj) extended by the government, party (BJP) and RSS that they will help their own even if a crime has been committed. The whole government  is in the dock. The way it had defended (her) means there is no reason to believe that it was not aware of the matter," he told reporters in Bihar.

Swaraj, however, found strong support from NDA ally Shiv Sena with its spokesperson Sanjay Raut saying she was being targeted to 'weaken and destabilise' Modi government.

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