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The date of hearing has been announced as October 11.

Two, Jay Shah's Temple Enterprise received an unsecured loan of Rs 15.78 crore from KIFS Financial Services, a non-banking financial services company (NBFC) owned by Rajesh Khandwala, who happens to be the in-law of Parimal Nathwani, a Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand who is a senior functionary of Reliance Industries' Gujarat operations.

Indian Railway Minister Piyush Goyal held a media meet in Delhi Monday, where he defended Jay Amit Shah and said the latter would sue The Wire for one billion rupees (15.3 million US dollars).

In his response, Jay Shah's lawyer has denied any wrong doing and threatened to sue the author of the report and editors and owners of the website on charges of criminal defamation.

In his application, Shah prayed for "criminal action against the respondents for defaming and tarnishing the reputation of the complainant through an article, which is scandalous, frivolous, misleading, derogatory, libelous and consisting of several defamatory statements".

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi took a swipe at the Modi government and said the beneficiary of demonetisation had finally been found.

Citing company filings with the Registrar of Companies (RoC), the Congress said it was surprising to see a company with no inventory or assets show a turnover of Rs 80.5 crore.

Congress has alleged that Jay's company has posted a turnover of Rs 80.5 crore, which is 16,000 times higher from the previous year, 2015-16.

Singh also attacked "The Wire" for its piece on the business transactions of Jay Shah and said "such supari journalism" (contract journalism) needed to be trashed.

Given the all round attacks on the government's way of handling the economy, it is important for the government- now that they have chose to come defend a private citizen- to clear all doubts that are being raised by the opposition. "They were also targeted and asked why should they be given lands, why should they get loans?"

The Congress on Monday questioned the propriety of a government law officer fighting the case of a private person, terming it "unprecedented" after media reports came that Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta may appear in court for Mr Jay Shah in a defamation suit against a news website.

Justifying his move to lead a BJP protest in front of the CPM office here, Rijiju said as a party worker and MP, it was his moral responsibility to stand behind the BJP workers who have been "facing" violence allegedly perpetrated by the Left workers in Kerala. "Tax has been deducted on the interest paid (TDS) regularly and the principal and interest amount has been repaid in full", the IE report says.

Referring to BJP President Amit Shah's visit to Kerala, Yechury accused him of trying to divert the attention of the people "because his son is implicated in a money laundering case".

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