Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Amit Shah's Son To Sue News Portal Over "Defamatory" Article

Amit Shah's Son To Sue News Portal Over

Mumbai: A leading news portal which carried a story claiming that business fortunes of Jay Shah, son of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Amit Shah, have seen sudden and surprising rise in a year after Modi government came to power in New Delhi is facing defamation suit.

From the Congress side, former HRD and law minister Kapil Sibal demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi institute an inquiry into the allegations.

"An inquiry should be conducted into the allegations against Jay Shah's company by a two-member commission of Supreme Court judges", Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told media persons here along with state Congress President Sachin Pilot. "Jai Amit", he tweeted. Upon being questioned on the timely withdrawal from the market, Jay Shah said, "It's all about prediction". On the other hand, it was dismissed by the BJP, with Union minister for railways Piyush Goyal, who's also the party's national treasurer, telling the media that the charges were bogus and Jay Shah's balance sheet and tax returns were perfectly in place.

Meanwhile, a senior Chhattisgarh minister refuted the charges and dubbed it as "entirely false" and "politically motivated".

The report that the online portal The Wire was about business dealings of Shah Jr and his firm Temple Enterprise Private Ltd. It is entirely false and has no facts.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh also demanded an investigation. He pointed out that out of the turnover of Rs 80 crore in 2015-16, the company earned Rs 51 crore from exports.

In an article, The Wire has alleged that a company owned by Jay Amit Shah, a businessman based in the western state of Gujarat, grew after his father's elevation as BJP president.

When Amit Shah realised that the matter has reached Jay Shah's washroom, he defended his son and said, "Getting the urge to pee is a technical problem of the journalist".

My lawyer has given details of my legitimate transactions to the Author of the website and all questions posed by her were answered with details since I had nothing to hide.

The revelation that Jay Shah's company secured loans worth crores of rupees from a public sector undertaking under the central government and a company having links with the reliance group was also shocking, he added. "Yet, Goyal approved the huge loan against a collateral security of just Rs 6 crore", he said.

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.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has tweeted: "We finally found the only beneficiary of Demonetisation".

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