Move over Piyush Goyal, it's Rajnath Singh and Prasad to the Jay Shah front now

THE HOME ADVANTAGE Singh rejected demands for probe into the alleged extraordinary spike in the turnover of a company owned by Jay Shah after the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, describing them as “baseless”. “All these allegations are baseless and there is no truth in them. Earlier also there were a number of charges made against him (Amit Shah). No probe is required in the issue,” Singh said after inaugurating the National Investigation Agency headquarters in the Capital. BASELESS, REPEATS LAW MINISTER Singh’s use of the word baseless was the thrust of the law minister’s interaction with reporters in Kochi.  Jay Shah had done nothing wrong in his business, Prasad said. “What’s happening now is that a conspiracy has been hatched and allegations of corruption against Jay Shah have been made. Already he has filed a defamation suit to the tune of Rs 100 crore.”    

Prasad said Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has no moral right to level these allegations “because he himself is on bail in a corruption case. He also should not forget that there are cases of corruption against his brother in law (Robert Vadra)”. Prasad arrived here to take part in the state-wide “Jana Raksha Yatra”, or “March for People’s Protection”, which began from Kannur on October 3 and will end in Thiruvananthapuram on October 17. THE WIRE KEEPS AT IT Meanwhile, the website that started it all with its October 8 report on Jay Shah on Tuesday raised questions on the permission given to Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to provide legal assistance to Jay Shah in the Rs 100-crore criminal defamation suit he has filed against seven persons in connection with the wire report. Quoting the Law Officer (Conditions of Service) Rules, 1987, a report published by the site claimed that the relaxation allowed to ASG Mehta was an “exceptional route that can only be taken where the Union government or any central government instrumentality is not affected or is not likely to be affected.” “Even in the very defamation case that Shah has filed and which Mehta will represent him in, company filings with the Registrar of Companies, which is an instrumentality of the central government, would come under scrutiny. So would the records of the public sector undertaking, IREDA, its parent ministry, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and railway minister Piyush Goyal, who headed the MNRE at the time,” the report said. (With IANS) // ]]>