Urging Amit Shah to follow the examples set by former BJP presidents LK Advani, Bangaru Laxman and Nitin Gadkari who resigned when faced with allegations of corruption, Sharma said: "Remember, LK Advani had resigned in the wake of Jain Hawala scandal..." In a statement that the BJP released on Sunday evening, Jay said he would be filing civil and criminal defamation cases against the news website's owners, editor, and the author of the article in Ahmedabad, where he runs his business, and sue them for Rs 100 crore in damages.
Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that the BJP was "confident" that there is no wrongdoing.
"We thoroughly reject these baseless allegations and the deplorable effort to attribute motives", Goyal said.
In his application, Shah prayed 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".
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My businesses are fully legitimate and conducted in a lawful manner on commercial lines, which is reflected in my tax records, and are through banking transactions. In the detailed press conference, Goyal gave point-by-point rebuttal to issues raised in the article and said that no laws have been broken by Jay Shah. "Jai Amit", Gandhi said in a tweet.
"Insinuations have been made that sought to create the wrong perception.We are defending because the party president and the prime minister have been dragged in, and I have an obligation towards the party and the government", The Indian Express quoted Goyal as saying. Now, what do you have to say about crony capitalism? "These dealings should be probed by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI", Chavan said.
Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of the CPI (M), demanded further investigation in the case on Twitter. "Will you ask ED to arrest these people", Congress leader Kapil Sibal asked during a press conference.
The report also reveals a number of loans received by companies connected to Jay Shah, based on documents filed with the Registrar of Companies.