NEW DELHI: BJP today termed as “false, derogatory and malicious” an article on news website “The Wire” alleging that party chief Amit Shah’s son Jay used his father’s political position to make business gains and announced that the latter will be filing a civil and criminal defamation case claiming damages of Rs 100 Crore in Ahmedabad court against the author and the publisher.
Hinting at the Congress hand behind the issue, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that the party has engaged in making false and malicious allegations since the time of former Prime Minister V P Singh and it is their old habit.He also dragged the case against Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and demanded that the Congress should not go to court demanding that the Dhingra Commission report that dealt with the case be not made public.
Jay Amit Shah issued a statement stating that his businesses are “fully legitimate and conducted in a lawful manner on commercial lines”. He claims that he took the loans for his business from NBFC on purely commercial terms strictly in accordance with law. He maintains that he had mortgaged the family property to get the loans and has paid back in time and with interest.
“I have decided to prosecute the author, editor(s) and the owner(s) of the aforesaid news website for criminal defamation and sue them for an amount of Rs 100 Crore,” Jay said.
Goyal said Jay’s privacy rights have been infringed. He further said that in commodities business- which Jay had engaged in- the turnover figures are always very high. Here the profits made were not big.
The union minister said the article’s contention that Jay’s business made profits over 16,000 times was “sensationalism”.
He said BJP was forced to issue a clarification as the article uses a “mischievous title” (The Golden Touch of Jay Amit Shah) and carries Amit Shah’s photograph thus making an “indirect imputation”.
Congress spokesperson Kapil Sibal demanded at a press conference that both the Prime Minister and the BJP President explain the alleged dramatic increase in the turnover of the company and demanded the Government order a CBI and ED investigations into the matter.