A day after the son of BJP leader Amit Shah Jay Shah slapped a defamation case against the news website The thread of a report on the latter and its companies, Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal sought to clarify the situation and gave the media the reason why BJP leaders came out on defense.
“The insinuations have made it intended to create the wrong perception … We stand up because the party chairman and prime minister were dragged in, and I have an obligation to the party and the government,” stated Indian Express quoted by Goyal. Goyal added that the criminal defamation case was filed against The wire news portal in his report on Jay Shah because the photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president and Jay Shah’s father Amit Shah and Goyal himself had been used in the article.
When organized by the press conference BJP Monday Goyal also said that Jay Shah’s line was “very different from that of Robert Vadra.” Jay Shah had filed a libel suit in a metropolitan court in Ahmedabad against the wire in a report that his company’s turnover had increased exponentially after the party came to power in 2014.
The report published in The Indian Express quoted another BJP leader (who asked for anonymity) and said the party “working family” and that it is a “team”. In its application, Shah called for “criminal prosecution of respondents for defaming and tarnishing the complainant’s reputation for a scandalous, frivolous, misleading, derogatory, defamatory article and contains several defamatory statements.”
The seven respondents in the case are the author of the article Rohini Singh, founding editors of the news portal Siddharth Varadarajan, Sidharth Bhatia and MK Venu, editor-in-chief Monobina Gupta, public editor Pamela and Philipose Foundation for independent journalism, non-profit corporation published by The Wire.
The case was filed in sections 500 (defamation) of the IPC, 109 (complicity), 39 (intentionally causing serious injury) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy). Shah had said that the new fist portal published an article, which was later “edited and reformulated” to the current form. “The defendant conspired to obtain an elaborate, reformulated and edited version of the defamatory article to be published instead of the original version,” he said.
Claiming that there had been a “predetermined conspiracy to defame” Shah had said that “he had the time to respond reasonably” and that no further investigation had been made based on his response. A number of Union ministers and BJP leaders, including Piyush Goyal, Smriti Irani and Ananth Kumar, entered a strong defense of son of accusations Amit Shah.
Goyal had said that the BJP’s conscience was clear on the subject and so Jay Shah had filed the defamation case. The Railways minister also said that Vadra did not go to court, and did nothing to “prove his good faith”, but Congress followed the Dhingra Justice Commission’s report “stop” in its controversial land deals. The “Vadra transactions” were a case of uninterrupted money with the help of the government (UPA), “he had alleged.