Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Jay Shah files criminal defamation case against 'The Wire'

Jay Shah files criminal defamation case against 'The Wire'

Newly appointed AICC general secretary in-charge of Madhya Pradesh, Deepak Babaria told media persons here on Tuesday, "A commission of two sitting Supreme Court judges should probe the allegations in connection with the firm of BJP president's son Amit Shah's son Jay".

A top government lawyer at the Centre has said that he may defend the son of BJP President Amit Shah in the matter concerning allegations of financial impropriety.

"The article makes false, derogatory and defamatory imputations against me by creating in the minds of the right-thinking people an impression that my business owes its "success" to my father Shri Amitbhai Shah's political position", Jay Shah said in the statement adding he will file a Rs 100-crore defamation suit against website for the publication of the article.

Amit Shah' son also says that: "I have chose to prosecute the Author Editor/(s) and the owners of the aforesaid news website for criminal defamation and sue them for an amount of Rs 100 cores". The Congress has also demanded resignation of the Bharatiya Janata Party chief over the issue.

The case was filed over a report the website had published on Sunday. "In 2014-15, it showed a profit of Rs 18,728 on revenues of only Rs 50,000 before jumping to a turnover of Rs 80.5 crore in 2015-16". The OpIndia piece says that story is "low on facts, high on innuendo", because, according to it, "revealing such information would puncture the entire narrative that Jay Amit Shah's business was successful just as Modi came into power". As per rules, if a government lawyer takes up a private case, he has to take permission of the Law ministry. He also demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi direct Amit Shah to resign from all posts to facilitate a free and fair inquiry into this "scam".

He said, "The financial papers of companies run by Jay Shah are murky and its functioning is much similar to those of shell companies".

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tweeted on Sunday bringing in the D-word - demonetisation - into the equation, perhaps suggesting the company shut down in October 2016, right before PM Modi's note-bandi diktat on November 8, 2016.

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