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Cong demands CBI probe into Jay Shah row

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The today demanded an inquiry by the into a media report alleging that the turnover of a firm of president Amit Shah's son Jay grew manifold after the saffron party came to power in 2014.

The charge has been rejected by the and Jay Shah, who termed the report as "false, derogatory and defamatory".


spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said, "I wonder if the prime minister can explain to us this model of getting Rs 15 crore loan for our businesses. He needs to tell us."

She alleged that agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), department and Enforcement Directorate were being used to silence the opposition after the BJP-led assumed office.

"These (agencies) have become a tool to silence the voices, and, for the to function independently this is an important case," she told a press meet.

Chaturvedi said that the initially had come up with the argument that Jay Shah is an individual businessman and he is carrying out his business and, hence, no one can target him.

"However, we had a Union minister coming in support of Jay Shah and giving him a clean chit," she said.

She alleged that the Narendra Modi is trying to protect Jay Shah, who is just an individual businessman.

Chaturvedi sought to know if it is not a case of "conflict of interest" that Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who is supposed to defend the Union of India, is defending Jay Shah.

"Two days before the report came out, he applied for leave to fight this case," she claimed, and asked, "Isn't this a conflict of interest?"

Union minister Piyush Goyal had earlier said in New Delhi that Mehta will represent Jay Shah in the case.

He said Mehta had sought Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's permission to appear for the chief's son and the approval was granted.

portal The Wire recently claimed that the turnover of Jay Shah's firm grew exponentially after the party came to power at the Centre.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 14:48 IST
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