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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.

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