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BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha Questions Party's Handling Of Jay Shah Incident

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| October 11 , 2017 , 15:15 IST

Weeks after his clash with the government and his own party, former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha today cracked down on the party's handling of Jay Shah incident, in which the son of BJP president Amit Shah has been accused of corruption.

Sinha on Wednesday said that his party has "lost the moral high ground" over the incident and appears guilty of many lapses. 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.

Mr Sinha, whose son Jayant Sinha, is a minister in the union government as well said, "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."

Addressing the press in Bihar's Patna, Sinha said, "Even Additional Solicitor General (Tushar Mehta) representing a private individual in court is something that never happened before."

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"The government should order an inquiry because too many government departments are involved," said Mr Sinha, backing what the opposition has demanded. "The BJP has lost the high moral ground of zero tolerance on corruption," he added.

Earlier, a media outlet had reported that the company owned by Jay Shah made a whopping 16,000 times escalation in revenue since Bharatiya Janata Party came to power back in 2014.

Jay Shah has slapped the media outlet with a Rs 100 crores defamation suit over the said report.  The report also talks about allegedly unsecured loans given to Amit Shah's son, including from a Power Ministry-led firm.

The party had fielded former Power Minister Piyush Goyal to defend the BJP President's son in the corruption allegations, which attracted extreme criticism for the party.

Former Finance Minister Sinha had earlier cracked down on his party's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the economic slowdown. He had blamed the Modi government's decisions like demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST) for the same.