Jay Shah files criminal defamation case against ‘The Wire’

09 October, Ahmedabad

BJP President Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah Monday filed a criminal defamation case in a metropolitan court in Ahmedabad against news portal ‘The Wire’ over a report claiming his firm’s turnover grew exponentially after the party came to power in 2014.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate S K Gadhvi ordered a court inquiry into the matter.

In his application, Shah prayed for criminal action against the seven respondents including author of the article, editor and owner of the website ‘The Wire’ for what he termed as defaming and tarnishing the reputation of the complainant through an article.

The court was of the opinion that it will issue summonses to the respondents only after the initial inquiry establishes a case.

The next hearing for a court inquiry will be on Wednesday.

Shah is yet to file a civil defamation suit against the respondents. He had earlier announced that he will also file Rs 100 crore civil defamation suit.

Meanwhile, BJP leader and Union Minister Piyush Goyal has rejected Congress criticism of his defending of party President Amit Shah’s son.

The Congress and others have questioned, how a Union Minister can defend Jay Shah, who is a private person.

Replying to a media query in New Delhi, Mr. Goyal said, the article published by the news website relates to an alleged unprecedented turnover by a company owned Jay Shah, is aimed at maligning the image and create doubts about the top BJP leaders.

He said the article has put photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and other leaders and in this situation, it is natural for the party to defend.

Replying to another question over the appearance of Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta for Jay Shah in the defamation case, Mr. Goyal said there is nothing illegal in it.

He said, a law officer can appear in a case related to two private persons after taking permission from the government.

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