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.”

BJP pres­i­dent while de­fend­ing son Jay Shah AICC Spokesper­son

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