An Ahmedabad court on Saturday reserved its order on a petition filed by news website The Wire, against an injunction on writing or holding any debate on the alleged spike in revenues of Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah’s company, the year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power, PTI reported.
The Gujarat High Court had rejected The Wire’s plea against the gag order on November 28, and asked it to approach the civil court which issued the order. Mirzapur Additional Senior Civil Judge BK Dasondi said he may pronounce the verdict on December 26, The Indian Express reported.
Jay Shah filed a defamation case against The Wire in October, after which the Ahmedabad court issued the gag order.
“The Wire stands by its article, which is based on public documents which shows that turnover increased from Rs 50,000 to Rs 80 crore,” Nitya Ramakrishnan, the lawyer representing The Wire, said on Saturday. “And you [Jay Shah] can’t ask us why we call it dramatic [increase in turnover], because this is what the records show.”
Senior lawyer Nirupam Nanavati, who is representing Shah in the case, argued that there was no gag order against writing on the same “subject matter.” He said that The Wire’s article has not been taken down.
But Ramakrishnan said that for an injunction to be issued, the defence must prove that the whole article was untrue. She said the article does not call Jay Shah “dishonest” or “corrupt”. “He is free to answer as to how he did it [increase the company’s revenues from Rs 50,000 to Rs 80 crore],” she said. “They have not told this court about the secret of the dramatic rise.”