New Delhi: In the middle of political sparring over allegations that BJP chief Amit Shah's entrepreneur son Jay Shah benefited after the party came to power, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) today clarified its stand. On the sidelines of a meeting in Bhopal, the organisation said the allegations have to be evidenced for them to be worth investigating.
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RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale said: "If there are corruption allegations against anyone, necessary inquiry should be done and action can be taken accordingly. But there has to be prima facie evidence of wrong-doing."
Asked whether he thought there was a case against Shah junior, Mr Hosabale replied: "It is for those who have made the accusation to prove the charge."
Jay Shah has sued The Wire, a news website, for 100 crores for defamation for reporting 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.
The RSS is the ideological mentor of the BJP, which has emphatically shot down the charges saying that loans were obtained transparently and repaid in full with interest.
The BJP has been aggressively targeted by the Congress and Rahul Gandhi, who call it crony capitalism.