'No need for probe into Jay's businesses'

'No need for probe into Jay's businesses'

A probe into allegations that Jay Shah’s businesses received an astronomical amount of cash injection after the NDA government assumed office was “not needed”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.

Strongly defending BJP chief Amit Shah’s son on Tuesday, Singh described the charges as “completely baseless.”

“Such allegations have surfaced in the past too,” Singh told reporters after inaugurating the new headquarters for the National Investigation Agency (NIA), in an apparent reference to similar claims of wrongdoing against his own son.

The Home Minister’s defence comes two days after a news portal reported that businesses owned by Jay recorded a big turnover after the Modi government took over the reigns at the Centre.

Just three months after the NDA came to power, Singh offered to quit politics if rumours that his son Pankaj had indulged in wrongdoing were proven. Prime Minister Modi and Amit Shah had strongly defended him then.

Soon after the report was published, the BJP fielded Railway Minister Piyush Goyal –a Chartered Accountant- to counter the allegations. Union ministers Ananth Kumar and Smriti Irani also came out in defence of Shah’s son.

Goyal said the BJP’s conscience is clear on the issue, which is why Jay filed the Rs 100 crore defamation case in an Ahmedabad court on Monday itself.

In his petition to the court, Jay asked for: "criminal action against the respondents for defaming and tarnishing the reputation of the complainant through an article, which is scandalous, frivolous, misleading, derogatory, libelous and consisting of several defamatory statements."

The opposition latched on to the charges, targeting the government and Prime Minister Modi. The Congress asked why Modi is silent on the issue and demanded Amit Shah’s sacking as BJP President.

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