A metropolitan court here on Monday adjourned the hearing on a criminal defamation case filed by Jay Shah, son of BJP chief Amit Shah, against news portal The Wire for publishing an article regarding his company’s turnover. The court adjourned the hearing to October 24, citing vacation.
The court of additional metropolitan magistrate had adjourned the hearing on October 13, citing vacation announced by the Gujarat High Court. On October 12, Jay’s lawyer had sought time and the case then had been adjourned to Monday. A day later, the metro court passed an order stating that “due to vacation from October 16 announced by the high court the date for daily board has been decided to be fixed on October 24.”
Jay Shah has filed a civil defamation suit against the news portal and damage for Rs 100 crore. This case has been filed before the Ahmedabad district (Mirzapur) court. The portal had reported that the turnover of Temple Enterprise Private Ltd, the company owned by Jay, increased 16,000 times in the year following the BJP’s election to power at the Centre in 2014.