10 October 2017

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Jay Amit Shah Files Defamation case against thewire and six others

Jay Amit Shah Files Defamation case against thewire and six others

Amit Shah's son Jay filed a defamation case against news portal 'The Wire' over a report claiming his firm's turnover grew manifold after the party came to power 

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate S K Gadhvi ordered a court inquiry into the matter under CrPC section 202 (to inquire into the case to decide whether or not there is sufficient ground for proceeding) on Jay Shah's plea.

In his application, Jay Amit Shah prayed for, "criminal action against the respondents for defaming and tarnishing the reputation of the complainant through an article, which is scandalous, frivolous, misleading, derogatory, libellous and consisting of several defamatory statements."

Jay Amit Shah  filed the case against following seven people.
1-author of the article Rohini Singh
2-founding editors of the news portal Siddarth Varadarajan,
3-Sidharth Bhatia - Founding Editor
4-M K Venu - Founding Editor
5-managing editor Monobina Gupta
6-public editor Pamela Philipose
7-Foundation for Independent Journalism, the non-profit company that publishes 'The Wire'.

In its article, the news website had claimed Jay's firm Temple Enterprise's turnover zoomed by around 16,000 times from Rs 50,000 to around Rs 80 crore in 2015-16 after the BJP came to power in 2014.

Union minister Piyush Goyal said Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta will represent Jay Shah in the case. He said Mehta had sought Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's permission to appear for Jay and the approval was granted.

There is no harm if the best of lawyers appears for Jay Amit Shah. An ASG can appear in a matter between two private parties after taking permission," Piyush Goyal told reporters.

Goyal also rejected any comparison between business transactions of Amit Shah's son and those of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra

The Congress spokesman Anand Sharma demanded constitution of a Commission of Inquiry with two Supreme Court judges to probe the matter."We demand the prime minister...he speaks a lot every day and on each issue. He should break his silence on this issue and declare a Commission of Inquiry comprising two Supreme Court judges. There should be a neutral probe," he told reporters.

The Congress leader also said that like L K Advani and Nitin Gadkari, who stepped down from their posts pending inquiries, Amit Shah should also resign.

Congress communications in charge Randeep Surjewala said, “It is a tough call for Modi. The country is looking at him whether he will choose friendship and party politics or truth and morality,"
Calling for transparency and accountability, he said, "Why shy away from probe if there is nothing wrong? There is no smoke without fire. The country was waiting for development ... but 'Jay ka Vikas ho gaya'

BJP said Jay has done nothing wrong.

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