Jay Shah files criminal defamation case against ‘The Wire’

In his application, Jay Shah prayed for, "criminal action against the respondents for defaming and tarnishing the reputation of the complainant through an article."

By: PTI | Ahmedabad | Updated: October 9, 2017 8:28 pm
Jay shah, The wire, The wire story, defamation case, The wire defamation suit, Amit shah, amit shah son, jay shah company turnover, india news, indian express news Amit Shah with his wife at their son Jay Shah’s wedding in Ahmedabad. (File photo)

BJP chief Amit Shah’s son Jay today filed a criminal defamation case in a metropolitan court in Ahmedabad against news portal ‘The Wire’ over a report claiming his firm’s turnover grew exponentially after the party came to power in 2014. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate S K Gadhvi ordered a court inquiry into the matter under CrPC section 302.

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.”

The seven respondents in the case are the author of the article Rohini Singh, founding editors of the news portal Siddarth Varadarajan, Sidharth Bhatia and M K Venu, managing editor Monobina Gupta, public editor Pamela Philipose and the Foundation for Independent Journalism, the non-profit company that publishes ‘The Wire’.

The case has been filed under IPC sections 500 (defamation), 109 (abetment), 39 (voluntarily cause grievous hurt) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy). The Wire, in its report said that a company owned by Jay Shah saw a huge rise in its turnover after the BJP came to power in 2014. However, Jay Shah had rejected the charge, insisting the story was “false, derogatory and defamatory”.

The court was of the opinion that it will issue summonses to the respondents only after the initial inquiry establishes a case. The next hearing for a court inquiry will be on October 11 when two witnesses from Jay Shah’s side who had first informed him about the publication of the article are likely to depose.

Shah is yet to file a civil defamation suit against the respondents. He had earlier announced that he will also file Rs 100 crore civil defamation suit. A political storm has erupted after the article titled ‘Golden touch of Jay Amit shah’ was published. The Congress has demanded an inquiry into the matter, while the BJP called the article defamatory.

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  1. S
    Smriti Pandey
    Oct 22, 2017 at 10:36 pm
    The inquiry has been ordered under Section "202" CrPC, not 302. Section 302 CrPC provides for permission by the magistrate to the complainant to conduct independent prosecution. please take note of the factual inaccuracy and correct it.
    1. R
      Oct 10, 2017 at 10:52 pm
      1. W
        will chill
        Oct 10, 2017 at 3:54 pm
        Na khaoonga na khane dunga Bus gujarati ghanit shikhunga
        1. B
          Oct 10, 2017 at 4:21 am
          God, such an ugly family picture. Is this for somekind of fancy dress compe ion. Or is this the new India look? Wow, this is real Beta stuff. Now i would like to learn Business of Onions Peanuts and be real rich superfast.Will i get easy loan to buy Corriander seeds?
          1. J
            Oct 10, 2017 at 1:51 am
            The Wire should take the challenge head on as they are cent percent safe the investigative report does not contain anything defamatory.The entire report is based on the facts on records of the authorities. Law treats both complainant and respondent equally, therefore The Wire should make good case out of this which shall result into detail probe by various agencies and make the case fit for punishment of culprits Jay Shah and others.
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