Jay Shah’s lawyers fail to turn up in court for defamation case


Jay Shah’s lawyers on Wednesday failed to turn in the court, where the BJP President Amit Shah’s son had filed a criminal defamation case seeking damages worth Rs 100 crore against the website, The Wire.

A metropolitan court in Ahmedabad later adjourned the hearing of the criminal defamation case as the complainant’s advocate was not present in the court.

A lawyer for Jay Shah sought time from Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate SK Gadhvi, saying senior advocate SV Raju could not be present in the court as he was busy in the high court. The court granted the time and adjourned the hearing to 16 October, reported PTI.

Jay Amitbhai Shah had filed a defamation case against seven people over reported huge growth in his firm’s turnover. Additional chief metropolitan magistrate S.K. Gadhvi has ordered inquiry by the court after Jay Shah filed the case.

This was after the website carried a report alleging that the turnover of his company had soared by 16,000 times since Narendra Modi became the prime minister and his father was elevated to the post of BJP’s president.

According to the report, the balance sheets and annual reports obtained from the RoC had revealed that in the financial years ending March 2013 and 2014, Shah’s Temple Enterprise Private Ltd. engaged in negligible activity and recorded losses of Rs 6,230 and Rs 1,724 respectively. In 2014-15, it showed a profit of Rs 18,728 on revenues of only Rs 50,000 before jumping to a turnover of Rs 80.5 crore in 2015-16.