Court lifts stay on ‘The Wire’ story on Amit Shah’s son

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Dec 2017 10:08:54


Dec 23,


A COURT here on Saturday partly lifted its gag order against news portal “The Wire”, allowing it to publish articles on the business of Jay Shah, the son of BJP chief Amit Shah, but said it should not link the subject matter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Additional Senior Civil Judge B K Dasondi also stayed the operation of his order for two weeks, so that Jay Shah, who had filed a civil defamation suit against “The Wire”, could move a higher court against it. “The Wire” had moved the court against its injunction that it should not publish anything about Jay Shah’s business until the suit was disposed off.

The court on Saturday said the news portal could publish articles regarding Jay Shah’s business, but it would not have any reference to the Prime Minister, as the original article in question could not justify linking the rise in Shah’s company’s turnover to Modi becoming prime minister. The article, titled ‘The Golden Touch of Jay Amit Shah’, had said the turnover of a company owned by Jay Shah -- Temple Enterprise Pvt Ltd -- “increased 16,000 times over in the year following the election of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister”.

Calling it slanderous, Jay Shah had filed both a civil defamation suit as well as a criminal defamation complaint against the portal. The civil court had, earlier, issued an injunction, prohibiting “The Wire” from “publishing, broadcasting or printing” anything on the basis of the article till the suit was disposed off.