Congress President Rahul Gandhi on April 23 launched a verbal attack on BJP president Amit Shah prompting a strong rebuttal from the BJP chief who questioned the opposition leader’s “legal knowledge”.
Attacking the BJP president in election rallies in Madhya Pradesh, Rahul said, “Murder accused BJP chief Amit Shah. Wah, kya shaan hai! (Wow, what glory!)” Have you heard Jay Shah’s name? He is a magician, he made Rs 50,000 into Rs 80 crore in 3 months.”Rahul’s jibe elicited a sharp reaction from Shah.
His shocking statement by Rahul Gandhi comes hours after he was served a contempt notice by the Supreme Court over wrongly attributing his ‘Chowkidar chor hai’ remark to the Apex Court’s order in the Rafale review petitions after filing his nomination papers in Amethi.
Gandhi’s jibe elicited a sharp reaction from Shah.
“Let me tell you the gist of the order. I was slapped with a fake case and the court has already passed its order that it was a politically motivated allegation and was without any evidence. I don’t want to make any comment on the legal knowledge of Rahul Gandhi,” he said.
In 2014, a special court discharged Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter killing cases, ruling that there was “no case” against him and that he had been implicated for “political reasons”. Sheikh, a wanted criminal, was killed in an alleged encounter in November 2005. His wife was allegedly raped and killed three days later, and his aide Tulsiram Prajapati was shot dead by the police in December 2006. Of the 38 people accused in the case, only 22 stood trial.
The final arguments in the case ended on December 5. Out of the 210 witnesses examined, 92 were declared hostile. The special CBI court hearing the case, on December 21, acquitted all the accused. In its judgement, the court said the prosecution could not prove a conspiracy beyond reasonable doubt.
Two years ago, there were allegations that Mr Shah’s son, Jay Shah
Jay Shah, an entrepreneur, enjoyed a big upswing in his business after the BJP came to power in 2014.
Jay Shah sued news website The Wire for Rs. 100 crore for reporting that his firm’s revenues escalated by 16,000 times after the BJP came to power. The report also questioned allegedly unsecured loans given to Jay Shah’s firms, including from a state-run firm that reports to the Power Ministry.
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