The Wire case: Jay Shah doesn’t turn up in the first hearing

An Ahmedabad metropolitan court on Monday adjourned the hearing of the criminal defamation case against news portal The Wire  filed by Jay Amit Shah to  December 16.

The petitioner, the son of BJP president Amit Shah, reportedly didn’t turn up in court for the first day of hearing.

This was the third adjournment in the high-profile case after Shah’s lawyer senior advocate SV Raju failed to appear in court for the first hearing scheduled on October 11 as he was busy in high court. The second time, the court had earlier adjourned the hearing to October 26 as the Gujarat High Court had declared  the day a holiday.

The news portal The Wire and its editors and writer are facing defamation suit over a report that claimed the turnover of Jay Shah’s firm grew exponentially after BJP came to power in 2014.

MK Venu, one of the founding editors of the portal, told Outlook: “This was the first day of the hearing and Jay Shah, the complainant in the criminal defamation against The Wire, did not show up.”

Venue said: “When the Judge asked the lawyer of Jay Shah about the absence of the complainant, his lawyer said he couldn’t come because of his social work commitments!”

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