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Defamation case: ASG to represent Jay Shah

12 October 2017

After being slapped with a defamation case, "The Wire" journalist Rohini Singh, who broke an investigative piece into in business enterprises run by BJP President Amit Shah's son stood up for herself saying her job "is to speak truth to power". "We outrightly reject the allegations and thus [they] should not be reproduced in a way that could be defamatory", Goyal said. "The article shows no impropriety but through malicious imputes, trying to damage reputation of Amit Shah".

Kusum Finserve, a limited liability partnership (LLP) incorporated in 2015 in which Jay Shah holds a 60 per cent stake, received an inter-corporate deposit of Rs 2.6 crore from KIFS Financial Services in 2014-15, the report said. "Jay Shah will file civil and criminal prosecution for defamation in Ahmedabad Court", he added. 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".

At a press conference organised by the BJP on Monday, Goyal also said that the row over Jay Shah was "very different from that of Robert Vadra". I have repaid the loans by cheque on commercial rate of interest and within the time stipulated. "Jay responded to the author's questionnaire with full transaction details as he had nothing to hide". 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. "BJP president Amit Shah should also answer whether the favours given to his son's company were done under any political pressure", he said.

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Jay Shah, son of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah, will be filing a criminal defamation suit against news website "The Wire" for alleging that Jay's company posted a turnover of Rs. 80.5 crore in 2015-16, informed BJP leader and Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday.

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Defamation case: ASG to represent Jay Shah