Amit Shah must quit as BJP chief for 'fair inquiry': Congress

Cheryl Sanders
October 12, 2017

Urging Amit Shah to follow the examples set by former BJP presidents LK Advani, Bangaru Laxman and Nitin Gadkari who resigned when faced with allegations of corruption, Sharma said: "Remember, LK Advani had resigned in the wake of Jain Hawala scandal... Jay Shah will file civil and criminal prosecution for defamation in Ahmedabad Court", he added.

The BJP fielded Union railway minister Piyush Goyal to rebut the charges made in the report.

"We thoroughly reject these baseless allegations and the deplorable effort to attribute motives", Goyal said. "The article shows no impropriety but through malicious imputes, trying to damage reputation of Amit Shah".

A report, written by Rohini Singh details the miraculous growth of Jay Shah's company, Temple Enterprise Private Ltd, from revenues of Rs. 50,000 in 2014-'15 to Rs. 80.5 crore in 2015-'16. Speaking to themedia, Piyush Goyal said, "Jay Shah carries out fully legitimate and lawful business reflected in account books, income tax returns and all transactions in banks".

Congress on Monday demanded the resignation of BJP president Amit Shah to ensure independent probe into his son's business dealings and held press conferences in 12 state capitals to highlight the controversy over Jay Shah's business. "The loans taken from NBFCs have been fully paid along with interest after deducting TDS". In the detailed press conference, Goyal gave point-by-point rebuttal to issues raised in the article and said that no laws have been broken by Jay Shah.

Goyal had said that the BJP's conscience is clear over the matter and that is why Jay Shah had filed the defamation case.

The article makes false, derogatory and defamatory imputation against me by creating in the minds of right-thinking people an impression that my business owes its "success" to my father Shri Amitbhai Shah's political position.

Turning the heat up on Modi and the BJP, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said the allegations should be investigated.

"Today, we ask a question to the Prime Minister, the pradhan sevak".

Additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta will represent Jay Amit Shah, son of BJP chief Amit Shah, in the criminal defamation case he has filed against a news portal over its story that claimed Shah's company's turnover saw a huge rise after BJP came to office at the Centre in 2014.

"This is nothing but crony capitalism by the BJP". However, the company also received a loan of Rs 10.35 crore from the public sector Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) to establish a windmill plant in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh, in March 2016, the report said.

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