Jay Shah can be probed if there is evidence: RSS
Senior RSS leader Dattatreya Hosabale said there must be prima facie evidence for the charges to be enquired into. At the same time, he put the onus of proving the charges on those levelling them.india Updated: Oct 12, 2017 16:22 IST
The RSS said on Thursday the charges against Jay Shah, son of Bharatiya Janata Party national president Amit Shah, can be probed if there is prima facie evidence but it is for those who allege a scam to prove it.
“Necessary enquiry should be done and action can be taken accordingly,” senior RSS functionary Dattatreya Hosabale said in Bhopal, responding to queries related to the alleged spike in the turnover of a company owned by Jay Shah.
He said there must be prima facie evidence for the charges to be enquired into. At the same time, he put the onus of proving the charges on those levelling them. “Those making the allegations should prove them first.”
The RSS leader also distanced itself from senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who on Wednesday criticized the government for defending Jay Shah. Sinha had earlier created a furore after attacking the government’s management of economy.
“They are in the BJP and they should discuss the issues within the party. We will not discuss it as it is not our obligation,” Hosabale said, when a reporter asked about questions being raised vis-a-vis government by some BJP leaders including Sinha.
He also downplayed a question by a journalist who said senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi had given in writing a complaint about the government and had met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in this connection. “He might have come here for some other reason,” he said.
Congress demands CBI probe
The Congress on Thursday demanded an inquiry by the CBI into the row.
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said, “I wonder if the prime minister can explain to us this model of getting Rs 15 crore loan for our businesses. He needs to tell us.”
She alleged that agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Income Tax department and Enforcement Directorate were being used to silence the opposition after the BJP-led government assumed office.
“These (agencies) have become a tool to silence the voices, and, for the CBI to function independently this is an important case,” she told a press meet.
First Published: Oct 12, 2017 15:10 IST