Con­gress de­mands CBI probe into Jay Shah row

The Hitavada - - NATION -

THE Con­gress on Thurs­day de­manded an in­quiry by the CBI into a me­dia re­port al­leg­ing that the turnover of a firm of BJP Pres­i­dent Amit Shah’s son Jay grew man­i­fold af­ter the saf­fron party came to power in 2014.

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

Con­gress 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), In­come Tax depart­ment and En­force­ment Direc­torate were be­ing used to si­lence the Op­po­si­tion af­ter the BJP-led Govern­ment as­sumed of­fice. “Th­ese (agen­cies) have be­come a tool to si­lence the voices, and, for the CBI to func­tion in­de­pen­dently this is an im­por­tant case,” she told a press meet.

Chaturvedi said that the BJP 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 Govern­ment 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.

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