Jay Shah, son of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah, will be filing a criminal defamation suit against news website 'The Wire' for alleging that Jay's company posted a turnover of Rs. 80.5 crore in 2015-16, informed BJP leader and Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Goyal said, "Mr. Jay Shah will file criminal defamation suit of Rs. 100 crore against author (of article), editor and owner of news website The Wire."
"We reject any allegation sought to be made against Mr. Jay Shah or any of our leaders. Mr. Jay Shah will file civil and criminal prosecution for defamation in Ahmedabad Court," he added.
The BJP leader further said that the article is written to damage the reputation of party president Amit Shah.
A report, written by Rohini Singh in 'The Wire', details 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.
The report also reveals a number of loans received by companies connected to Jay Shah, based on documents filed with the Registrar of Companies.
"All loans taken (by Jay Shah) were in accordance with the law and were paid back with full interest, well within the time limit," said Goyal.