Jay Shah files defamation case against news portal, hearing on October 11
Siddharth Varadarajan, the founding editor of ‘The Wire’, said he ‘won’t be intimidated by the Modi government’s attack on media freedom’.
Jay Amitbhai Shah, son of Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah, has filed a defamation case against The Wire, its editor, owner and the author of a report about him, ANI reported on Monday. The case, filed in an Ahmedabad court, is expected to be heard on Wednesday, October 11.
The case refers to a report that revenues of Jay Shah’s company had grown massively the year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power.
“The Wire won’t be intimidated by [the] Modi government’s attack on media freedom,” The Wire’s Founding Editor Siddharth Varadarajan said.
The article had reported the growth of Jay Shah’s company, Temple Enterprise Private Ltd, from revenues of Rs 50,000 in 2014-’15 to Rs 80.5 crore in 2015-’16. It also revealed a number of loans received by companies connected to Jay Shah, based on documents filed with the Registrar of Companies.
The Congress has used the report to criticise the BJP. On Sunday, Congress leader Kapil Sibal had asked if Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be open to calling for an investigation. The party’s Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that only Jay Shah’s company was the only one to benefit from the Centre’s demonetisation drive.