When pointed out that a 16,000-times jump in turnover of Mr. Jay Shah's company doesn't show any wrongdoing, Mr. Sibal countered by saying,"Many private persons who didn't occupy any position were targeted when we were in power".
Jay Shah filed the defamation suit in an Ahmedabad court today.
The Modi government has come to his defence with Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal rebutting the charges against Jay Shah. "An independent investigation should take place and till it gets over, Amit Shah should step down from his post to ensure it happens in a free and fair manner", Sharma added. He had on Sunday said he would also file a Rs 100-crore civil defamation suit.
According to the story, Jay Shah owns a company called Temple Enterprise Private Ltd.
Goyal explained that that the commodity business started by Jay Shah, along with a family friend, was closed down after it ran into loses.
Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta will represent Jay, son of BJP chief Amit Shah, in the criminal defamation case against the report's author, the editor, and owner of the news portal.
My lawyer has given details of my legitimate transactions to the Author of the website and all questions posed by her were answered with details since I had nothing to hide.
Several left party leaders, including CPI's D Raja, demanded high-level SIT probes monitored by court.
The report also spoke of Jay's company, whose business is primarily stock trading, turning to generating wind power with a loan from a public sector enterprise, Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA).
Criticising Union Minister Pyush Goyal's press conference in defense of Jay Shah, Harichandan questioned the locus standi of Jay Shah in the Central government.
The CPI (M) on October 9 held a demonstration in front of the BJP office in New Delhi led by politburo member Brinda Karat, to protest against the BJP atrocities and violence against CPI (M) cadres and supporters in Kerala.
He said the article has put photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and other leaders and in this situation, it is natural for the party to defend.
The Congress and BJP in Uttar Pradesh sparred over BJP chief Amit Shah's son's alleged dramatic rise in business fortunes, with the Congress terming it part of the BJP's "new beta (son) model", and the party in turn targetting Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi as a "child refusing to grow up".