War of words between BJP, Congress over Amit Shah's son Jay Shah

Amit Shah with his wife at their son Jay Shah’s wedding in Ahmedabad

Amit Shah with his wife at their son Jay Shah’s wedding in Ahmedabad

Since the website has proceeded in making an absolutely false imputation in a highly slanted article thereby damaging my reputation I have chose to prosecute Author, Editor/(S) and the Owner/(s) of the aforesaid news website for criminal defamation and sue them for an amount of Rs. 100 crores.

After being slapped with a defamation case, "The Wire" journalist Rohini Singh, who broke an investigative piece into in business enterprises run by BJP President Amit Shah's son stood up for herself saying her job "is to speak truth to power".

Amit Shah with his wife at their son Jay Shah's wedding in Ahmedabad. A number of Union ministers and BJP leaders, including Piyush Goyal, Smriti Irani and Ananth Kumar, had come out in strong defence of Amit Shah's son over the allegations.

Leader of Opposition in the state Ajay Singh also leveled the same allegation in a letter to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. "The article shows no impropriety but through malicious imputes, trying to damage reputation of Amit Shah".

My businesses are fully legitimate and conducted in a lawful manner on commercial lines, which is reflected in my tax records, and are through banking transactions. I have repaid the loans by cheque on commercial rate of interest and within the time stipulated. In the detailed press conference, Goyal gave point-by-point rebuttal to issues raised in the article and said that no laws have been broken by Jay Shah.

Congress spokesman Anand Sharma said Shah must quit as there can not be an independent probe into his son's business as long as he remains the chief of the ruling party.

Training their guns at the Modi government by citing the news story's content, the Congress, the Left and the AAP demanded an investigation, with Congress leader Kapil Sibal alleging that it was a case of "crony capitalism". "Will you direct the CBI to probe?" CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury claimed that it was the latest in a series of cases of corruption under the Modi government.

Amit Shah's son Jay Amitbhai Shah on Monday filed a Rs 100 crores defamation case against the independent news portal "The Wire" over a report claiming his firm's turnover grew manifold after the party came to power. "Will you ask ED to arrest these people", Sibal asked at a press conference here. However, the company also received a loan of Rs 10.35 crore from the public sector Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) to establish a windmill plant in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh, in March 2016, the report said.

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