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Posted at: Oct 13, 2017, 12:14 PM; last updated: Oct 13, 2017, 2:51 PM (IST)

Shah breaks silence, says no corruption in son Jay’s firm

Shah breaks silence, says no corruption in son Jay’s firm
The Congress faced so many allegations of corruption, yet the party did not file a single defamation suit, but Jay filed one, says BJP chief Amit Shah
New Delhi, October 12

Breaking his silence, BJP president Amit Shah on Friday rejected allegations of money laundering against his son Jay, whose company had reportedly recorded an extraordinary spike in business after the BJP came to power at the Centre, and asserted that it had not done any business with the government nor taken any kickbacks.

Jay has filed a criminal defamation case in a metropolitan court against a news portal over a report that claimed his firm Temple Enterprise's turnover grew exponentially after the BJP came to power at the Centre in 2014.

‘The Wire’ had in its story reported that Jay’s company’s turnover skyrocketed from Rs 50,000 to Rs 80 crore in one year.

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Speaking at an event of a TV channel, teh BJP chief also came down heavily on the Congress, which had seized on the report to attack him as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"The Congress has faced so many allegations of corruption. Have they ever filed a criminal defamation or a Rs 100 crore civil defamation suit? Why did they not gather the courage to file such cases. Jay has filed a defamation suit. He has sought an inquiry (by approaching the court). Now, you can go to the court with the facts," Shah said.

The Congress has demanded an inquiry into the matter, while the BJP called the article defamatory.

On October 9, Jay Shah filed a criminal defamation suit against The Wire in a metropolitan court in Ahmedabad.

In his application, he 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." —PTI 

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