Yashwant Sinha flays BJP's defence of Jay

BJP has lost moral high ground,’ says Yashwant Sinha on claims against Jay Shah’s company

Yashwant Sinha flays BJP's defence of Jay

Speaking to NDTV, Yashwant Sinha said, "I don't want to comment on the merit of the case as it is a matter of investigation but I would like to say the manner in which a central minister jumped into the fray ..."

An Ahmedabad Court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of the defamation suit filed by Jay Shah, son of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah, against the news website "The Wire" till October 16.

"The way the loan was given to Jai Shah by the Power Ministry and the way (minister) Piyush Goyal defended him, it gives the impression that there's something wrong", Sinha said.

Sinha also questioned the way in which clearance was given for the additional solicitor general to represent Jay Shah. "These are avoidable and should not have happened".

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Former Union finance minister and a member of the BJP "margdarshak mandal", Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday said the party had "lost high moral ground" it had gained over the years by defending the business activities of Jay Shah, son of party president Amit Shah. It is an issue of national importance as Mr. Amit Shah's son was involved in it.

The Pradesh Congress further asked whether Narendra Modi, in keeping with his image as a leader who promised " na khaonga, na khaane doonga" ( neither will take bribes nor will i allow it) will order a probe. "From the way we have responded - the party and government - it appears we have lost the high moral ground". "Looking at all this, therefore, perhaps the high moral ground that we had occupied all these months and years appears to have been lost somehow". His statement came in direct reference to the party's decision to send a Union Minister to defend the businessman, who is not even a party of the government.

The lawyer for Jay Shah sought time from the Metro court stating that senior advocate SV Raju could not remain present in court as he was busy in the High Court.

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