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Govt lost 'high moral ground' by defending Jay Shah, alleges Yashwant Sinha

Sinha created a furore after attacking the government's management of the economy

IANS  |  Patna 

BJP veteran Yashwant Sinha speaks at the release of Congress leader & former union minister Manish Tewari's book
BJP veteran Yashwant Sinha | Photo: PTI

Dissident leader on Wednesday slammed the government for defending party chief Amit Shah's son over allegations hurled against him and said it had thus lost its high moral ground.

"I don't want to comment on the merit of the case as it is a matter of investigation but I would like to say the manner in which a central minister jumped into the fray... He is a central minister, not a chartered accountant of Jay Shah," Sinha told NDTV.

Sinha also criticized the government for allowing Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to take on the case of

"These were avoidable and should not have happened. The very special circumstances in which the Additional Solicitor General has been cleared to defend the concerned person also raises some issues and that was also to my mind avoidable.

"Looking at all these therefore perhaps the high moral ground that we had occupied all these months and years somehow appears to have been lost," said the former Finance Minister.

Jay Shah's company has reportedly recorded a turnover of Rs 80 crore in 2015 after showing just Rs 50,000 the previous year.

Sinha was asked whether the issue had dented the image of the and Prime Minister

"I am not going to those details. An episode takes place. Your reaction to that determines whether you are still occupying a high moral ground or you have quit that high moral ground. From the way we have responded the party and the government, it appears the high moral ground has been lost," Sinha said.

He said the matter must be investigated. "We have lots of agencies which can do it."

Asked about the filed against the website while reported the story, Sinha said: "Media is a very important integral part of democracy and that is why it is regarded as the fourth pillar. To try and suppress the voice of media either directly or through any other means including for instance this of Rs 100 crore was also avoidable."

Sinha created a furore after attacking the government's management of the Prime Minister clarified later that the was on the soundtrack.

First Published: Wed, October 11 2017. 14:41 IST