Shah's son files defamation case against news website

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

The next hearing for a court inquiry will be on October 11 when two witnesses from Jay Shah's side who had first informed him about the publication of the article are likely to depose.

The Congress and BJP leaders on Monday engaged in a bitter verbal duel over media reports related to BJP president Amit Shah's son. He had on Sunday said he would also file a Rs 100-crore civil defamation suit. The Congress has also demanded resignation of the Bharatiya Janata Party chief over the issue.

"It is unusual that on the one hand, small and medium industries were winding up business as a fall out of BJP-led Central Government's hastily and faultly executed demonetization and GST, Amit Shah's son's firm was making a huge jump in profit within one year, after the BJP came into power", said Maken.

Goyal to the rescueThe government roped in railway minister Piyush Goyal to douse the fire as opposition parties picked up on the article. 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". It has sanctioned around Rs 37,000 crore of credit for clean energy projects so far and further Rs 28,000 crore to developers, which aids generation capacity of around 7,000MW. Siddharth Varadarajan, the editor and co-founder of The Wire, tweeted why "private citizen" Jay Shah was consulting the government lawyer instead of consulting his CA (chartered accountant), posting a screenshot of the (very polite) correspondence between Rohini Singh and Jay Shah on WhatsApp.

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If a government lawyer wishes to take up a private case, he has to take permission of the law ministry.

On the IREDA issue, the Congress party owned newpaper, National Herald, makes an important observation. 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".

"Secondly, if the company had increased its profits manifold, then why did it wind up in October 2016?" He said when the Centre was claiming closure of over 1 lakh shell companies and identification of about 37,000 companies for strong action, how did Jay Amitbhai Shah's company, which looked like a shell company, escaped from this list.

A political storm has erupted after the article titled "Golden touch of Jay Amit shah" was published.

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