Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma Files Defamation Case Against Manish Sisodia

Case against Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia is related to the corruption charges he made against Assam's CM.

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Edited By :Tejas Harad

Chief Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday, 30 June, filed a criminal defamation case against the Deputy CM of Delhi Manish Sisodia, for accusing him of corruption charges relating to the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the National Health Mission (NHM) authorities at price "higher than market rates," during the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic.

On Friday, Sarma's advocate Devojit Saikia claimed that charges against Assam CM are "baseless."

The criminal defamation case against Sisodia was filed in chief judicial magistrate's, Kamrup Rural. The case has been listed for initial deposition by the complainant on 22 July, Saikia added.

The Case

As mentioned above, the case is about PPE kits being supplied to the National Health Mission, Assam during the first wave of COVID-19 at “higher than market rates,” by JCB Industries, a company co-owned by Assam CM's wife Riniki Bhuyan Sarma.

"Manish Sisodia had levelled corruption charges against Himanta Biswa Sarma at a press conference in New Delhi on 04 June. He had specifically claimed that NHM had procured PPE kits at inflated rates from a company co-owned by Sarma’s wife during his tenure as the state’s health minister in 2020,” said Saikia.

Manish Sisodia had said earlier this month:

"Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma gave government order to his wife and son's business partner's companies in 2020 for PPE kits when he was the then health minister. An elected CM has indulged in such corrupt activities, will the BJP put him behind the bars?"

Countering Sisodia's allegations, Assam's CM said that "At a time when the entire country was facing the worst pandemic in over 100 years , Assam hardly had any PPE Kits. My wife took the courage of coming forward and donating around 1500 free of cost to the govt to save lives. She didn’t take a single penny."

Last month, Riniki Bhuyan Sarma had also filed a Rs 100 crore defamation case against Manish Sisodia in the Court of Civil Judge No 1 of the Kamrup Metropolitan district. While addressing a press meet on 4 June, Manish Sisodia made "some allegations that damaged” Bhuyan Sarma’s “reputation and position," Advocate Kishor Kumar Dutta said.

(With inputs from PTI and ANI.)

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Edited By :Tejas Harad
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