March 20 2018

Jay Shah row: BJP tries to fend off dogged Cong

March 20 2018, 11:41 | Ann Lamb

Website credits Amit Shah's political stature for son Jay Shah's rise, faces defamation suit

BJP president Amit Shah's son's firm posts turnover 16000 times higher than previous year, Congress asks PM Modi to

"It is very easy to order a probe against opposition leaders but it is tough to order a probe against ones own party leaders", Gogoi told reporters.

Amit Shah is the most influential BJP functionary in the Modi government and despite being only a party president, he reportedly wields enormous clout even in the appointments and sackings of the cabinet ministers.

Jay Shah's lawyer has written: "Jay Shah, Jitendra Shah and their associates invested share capital and unsecured loans in this company [Temple Enterprise]".

He also claimed charges against Jay Shah as utter rubbish, condemnable and out of frustration of Congress which was foreseeing certain and miserable defeat in forthcoming Gujarat Assembly elections.

Pinarayi also said that Amit Shah is moving in the opposite direction of democracy.

But the following year (in 2015-16), the company's turnover jumped to Rs 80 crore, he said.

"His every transaction is official and he did his work honestly".

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.

A report published by The Wire alleged that a company run by Jay Shah had allegedly declared a turnover which was 16,000 times that of the previous year. And he also said to file a defamation case against this media report. UP government spokesperson and health minister Siddharthnath Singh said that Congress is trying to mislead people by spreading canards. The Congress is holding a hartal in Kadambur panchayat, where a cultural centre named after former Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was damaged allegedly by BJP workers last night.

"The Congress does not have any issue and so is out to tarnish the image of BJP president Amit Shah".

The report also spoke of Jay's company, whose business is primarily stock trading, turning to generating wind power with a loan from a public sector enterprise, Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA).

However, India's main opposition National Congress Party has demanded a probe into the allegations levelled by the portal. "My businesses are fully legitimate and conducted in a lawful manner on commercial lines, which is reflected in my tax records, and are through banking transactions", Shah's son said in the statement. "Will you ask the ED to arrest these people", Sibal asked at a press conference here.

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