Amit Shah’s son files defamation case against The Wire website

NEW DELHI: BJP chief Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah filed a criminal defamation suit against seven people including the author, editor and owner of over the reported growth in his firm’s turnover published by the news website

The case was filed in Ahmedabad in the court of Additional chief metropolitan magistrate SK Gadhvi, who has ordered an inquiry into the allegations under CrPC section 202. The next hearing will be held on Wednesday.

In an investigative piece published by The Wire on Sunday, citing filings with the Registrar of Companies, the report said that the turnover of Temple Enterprise Private Ltd, a company where Jay Shah was a director, rose 16,000 times from Rs 15,000 in 2014-15 to Rs 80.5 crore in 2015-16. It also said that the company received a loan of Rs 15.78 crore from Rajesh Khandwala, a relative of Rajya Sabha member Parimal Nathwani, who is also a senior executive at Reliance Industries.

In his application 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, libelous and consisting of several defamatory statements.”

The seven respondents in the case are the author of the article Rohini Singh, founding editors of the news portal Siddharth Varadarajan, Siddharth Bahtia and MK Venu, managing editor Monobina Gupta, public editor Pamela Philipose and the Foundation for independent journalism, the non-profit company that publishes The Wire.

“The Wire won’t be intimidated by [the] Modi government’s attack on media freedom,” The Wire’s Founding Editor Siddharth Varadarajan said.

Shah is yet to file a Rs 100 crore civil defamation suit against the respondent as announced earlier.

A political storm has erupted after the article titled ‘Golden Touch of Jay Amit Shah’ was published. The Congress has demanded an enquiry into the matter and asked for Amit Shah resignation from party chief post, while railway minister Piyush Goyal strongly defended Shah and said that there were no irregularities.