- BJP chief Amit Shah's son Jay to sue The Wire over report on his firms
- Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta says may represent him in court
- Have taken permission from Law Ministry, Mehta told NDTV
Now, government lawyer Tushar Mehta has told NDTV that he is likely to represent Jay Shah in the matter. "I have taken permission from the Law Ministry on 6th October for this issue. I am being consulted in this case. I may even appear for the case in court," said Mr Mehta, who is the additional solicitor general, to NDTV.
The Wire, a website, reported on Sunday on Jay Shah's change in fortune after the BJP's election in 2014, referring to a 16,000-fold increase in revenue by one firm. The report says the firm was shut down abruptly, their lawyer owing it to losses. NDTV cannot independently verify these allegations.
In the defamation notice on Sunday, as tweeted by the BJP's social media head Amit Malviya, Jay Shah's lawyer Manik Dogra copied additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta. Mr Mehta is a key law officer often appearing for the government in CBI cases.
If a government lawyer takes up a private case, he has to take permission of the Law ministry.
Manik Dogra refused to comment on this saying that who he consults for his client is "privileged information".