Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal questioned the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the BJP president Amit Shah's son Jay Shah's business that allegedly increased from mere ₹50,000 to ₹80 crore within an year after the BJP came to power at the Centre.
"I don't want to comment on the merits of the story which has appeared in The Wire because that is a matter of enquiry and investigation, " said Sinha, "but I would certainly like to say that the manner in which a Central minister jumped into the fray in defence of Jay Shah is not called for". Railway Minister Piyush Goyal's defence of Jay Shah's private business dealings was on untenable grounds. "The BJP has lost the high moral ground of zero tolerance on corruption", he added.
Amit Shah with his wife at their son Jay Shah's wedding in Ahmedabad. He is not a chartered accountant of the firm of Jay Shah.
"These were avoidable and should not have happened".
Sinha while lashing out at the party said that the "government has lost its high moral ground for defending party president's son".
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"Producing senior ministers to defend Amit Shah's son and farming out a top government lawyer to represent Jay Shah in court are moves that clearly indicate serious lapses on the part of BJP", he said in Patna. Sinha also criticised the government for allowing Additional Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta to take on the case of Jay Shah.
"The government should order an inquiry because too many government departments are involved", said Mr Sinha, backing what the opposition has demanded.
Jay had filed a criminal defamation case against a news portal on October 9 over a report that the turnover of a company owned by him had seen its turnover go up by 16,000 times from Rs 50,000 to over Rs 80 crore within a year.
Yashwant Sinha had a fortnight ago slammed the Modi government over its inability to properly handle the economy and maintain the growth.