Patna, Oct 11: Former finance minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha Wednesday slammed modi-led central government for defending party chief Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah and said by reacting like this it has “lost the moral high ground”.
In an interview to NDTV on Wednesday, Sinha said “I don’t want to comment on the merit of the case as it is a matter of investigation but I would like to say the manner in which a central minister jumped into the fray… He is a central minister, not a chartered accountant of Jay Shah”.
He also criticised the Centre for fielding Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to take on the case of Jay Shah.
“These were avoidable and should not have happened. The very special circumstances in which the Additional Solicitor General has been cleared to defend the concerned person also raises some issues and that was also to my mind avoidable”.
“Looking at all these therefore perhaps the high moral ground that we had occupied all these months and years somehow appears to have been lost,” said Dissident BJP leader.
The company owned by Jay Shah has reportedly recorded a dramatic turnover of Rs 80 crore in 2015 after showing just Rs 50,000 the previous year.
When asked whether the issue had dented the image of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sinha said “I am not going to those details. An episode takes place. Your reaction to that determines whether you are still occupying a high moral ground or you have quit that high moral ground. From the way we have responded the party and the government, it appears the high moral ground has been lost.
Sinha said the probe into matter should ordered, adding “We have lots of agencies which can do it.”
Asked about the defamation case filed against online news portal for publishing the story, he stated “Media is a very important integral part of democracy and that is why it is regarded as the fourth pillar. To try and supress the voice of media either directly or through any other means including for instance this defamation case of Rs 100 crore was also avoidable.”