Tushar Mehta should first resign then defend Jay

The IST News Network

Jay Shah
Source The Wire

Jay Amitbhai Shah is reported to have made 16,000 fold profit from a loss making firm Temple Enterprise, as reported by The Wire news website. This the website alleged became possible upon BJP’s rise to power in 2014.

Mr. Shah has since sent a notice of defamation to the author, publisher of the website. But a decision that has shocked one and all in the country, is jumping of the Additional Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta in the controversy by making a statement that he may defend Shah in the court. Opposition and public in general are questioning the logic behind the move as Mr. Mehta is a Government Law Officer and should not defend a private person.

Tushar Mehta, Additional Solicitor General Source The Wire

Mr. Mehta has claimed he has got permission of the Law Ministry to defend Shah. Still, the credibility of BJP is already at stake and Mr. Mehta should stay away from the proposed court case. The question comes to mind is that the ruling party has dearth of legal luminaries that it has to ask Additional Solicitor general to fight the case. If he has to fight the case, the correct procedure would have been that first he should  resign from the position of Additional Solicitor General.

The opposition is drawing a parallel between Shah and Robert Vadra case and rightly so as both reportedly have had change in fortunes in their wealth manifolds. A condition, that is vehemently criticised by the ruling party.

It won’t be out of place to mention that bullying by the ruling party had begun ever since it came to power, with Amit Shah being absolved of several criminal charges following the 2002 Godhra riots. And now who so ever dares to raise voice shall be dealt with. A case in point is slaying of journalist Gauri Lankesh. The leaders should not forget that the country is not their ’jagir’ (reign) but a democratic set up.

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Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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