The strong BJP reactions come close on the political upheaval created by a report in a website report that claimed Jay Shah's company recorded a huge turnover of Rs 80.5 crore in 2015-16 making an unprecedented rise from the previous year's figures. Sources said the BJP too is "firm" that Jay Shah should file defamation suits against the website 'The Wire' and its editor, owner and the journalist. The BJP sources also indicated that Tushar Mehta, additional solicitor general, could help Jay Shah in filing the defamation suits worth Rs 100 crore against the website and others. To a question, the source said, "if prior permission is taken from the government, even a government's designated law officer can represent a private individual in a court of law".
Meanwhile, there is no let up in the political row generated by the controversial article. The Congress Vice President Rahul Gandh in a fresh tweet on Monday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the episode. "Modiji, Jay Shah - jyada kha gaya. Aap chowkidar they ya Bhagidar? Kucch toh boliye (PM Modi, Jay Shah must have stomached more. Were you the guard? You must speak up)". The Congress leader Anand Sharma on Monday asked BJP chief Amit Shah to emulate the example of LK Advani and Nitin Gadkari by quiting his party post in the wake of allegations of corruption against his son Jay Shah, and demanded setting up of a commission of inquiry into the affairs of the companies run by the junior Shah. (UNI)