Amit Shah Gives Clean Chit to Son’s Business Deals
THE QUESTION OF CORRUPTION (IN JAY SHAH’S COMPANY) DOES NOT ARISE: BJP PRESIDENT This ‘is no surprise at all’, especially after senior Union ministers ‘rushed to defend’ Jay: Congress Some 40,000 Rohingyas, mostly Muslims, have fled neighbouring Myanmar i
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New Delhi: BJP chief Amit Shah broke his silence on a news report that said his son Jay’s company saw an increase in its turnover by 16,000 times in a year, saying there was no question of any corruption in the matter and no government land or contract “worth even a rupee” was received by his firm.
Shah also differentiated the issue from the allegations made against Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and asked why Congress had not filed a defamation suit as has been done by his son.
“The question of corruption (in Jay’s company) does not arise,” Shah said in response to a question by a news channel in Ahmedabad.
‘The Wire’, a news website, had said that Jay’s company, Temple Enterprises, had seen a jump in its turnoverby16,000timesinayear,but was shut down after incurring a loss.
Reacting to Shah’s defence of his son, Congress said this “is no surprise at all”, especially after senior Union ministers “rushed to defend” Jay. The Opposition also questioned how such a clean chit can be given even without an inquiry into the accusations against the business activities of Shah Jr.
“Whentopministersof thegovernment had rushed to give clean chit to JayShahwithinhoursof theaccusationswithoutholdingeventheshortest inquiry, it’s hardly surprising a father too rushed to give a clean chit to his son,” AICC spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.
Questioning Congress, Shah said: “Congress has faced many allegations of corruption. Have they ever filed a criminal defamation or a ₹ 100-crore civil defamation suit?” He defended his son and said no wrongdoing had been committed.
“Asfarasthecompanyisconcerned, it has not done business worth a rupee with the government. It has not gotgovernmentlandwortharupee,it has not got any government contract worthevenarupee.Thecompanyhas nottakencommissionlikeinthecase of Bofors,” Shah said.
“They are saying that turnover was ₹ 80 crore, but they are not showing that it incurred a loss of ₹ 1.5 crore,” Shah said. Replying to a query on the loan given to the company, Shah said: “You have to understand first that it was not a loan, but a letter of credit. We were given credit to lift material against cash deposits. Jay’s cash was lying in the bank and we have paid the loan with interest.”
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