The Telegraph
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
 

RSS voice on Jay stands out

Bhopal, Oct. 12: A senior RSS leader has said the alleged spurt in the turnover of a company owned by BJP chief Amit Shah's son should be probed if "the charges are prima facie true".

Although the call for a probe came with strings attached, it stood out in contrast to the outright manner in which several BJP ministers and leaders had readily given a clean chit to Jay Amitbhai Shah and attacked the news portal, The Wire, that carried the report. Jay has denied any wrongdoing and filed a defamation case.

"Like any other corruption case, there should be an inquiry and action (should be taken) in keeping with the findings of the inquiry," Dattatreya Hosabale, the joint general secretary who is considered the third in command in the RSS, said today in Bhopal where the Sangh is holding its national executive meeting.

Hosabale added that before an inquiry is ordered, the government should see if prima facie the charges are true. The RSS leader did not say how the government would establish anything without a probe.

"The onus of proving the charges is on the one who is levelling them," Hosabale said, restating a legal truism in which the burden of proof lies on the accuser.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh had said no probe was required.


 More stories in India

  • Supreme Court to give Rohingya issue a holistic hearing, no emotional pleas
  • SC refuses to relax firecracker sale ban in Delhi-NCR, rejects traders' plea
  • Constitution bench to decide entry of women in Sabarimala temple
  • Alarm as India skids on global hunger list
  • Punishment meted out by JNU set aside
  • Gujarat BJP pins hope on Modi, Shah
  • Varun for women's bill
  • Sangh tribute to Gauri
  • Kejriwal's car stolen from secretariat
  • Shield for IIT, IIM higher pay
  • SC panel to pick 'senior advocates'
  • Appeal to PM for 'bold' Rohingya line
  • Delhi seals lips on Nepal
  • Talwar relatives 'grateful'
  • Friday hearing against Delhi cracker sale ban
  • Grenade targets salon in Kashmir
  • Slip tally in one booth each
  • Can quash any law: SC
  • Envoy to Pakistan to move to China
  • Cobra scare at JNU
  • Ram statue, eye on 2019
  •