Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday recorded his statement before a court in a criminal defamation case filed against Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
Sarma gave her statement in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup Rural, and several other witnesses in the case are likely to record their statements later this month.
In June 2022, Honorable Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia in a press conference leveled some serious allegations against Mr. Himanta Biswa Sarma who is the Chief Minister of Assam. Angered by the allegations leveled by Mr. Sisodia in this press conference, Mr. Himanta Biswa Sarma has decided to file a criminal defamation case against him alleging that some of the allegations are without basis or factual accuracy. were planted without The case was registered some time back and today was the date for recording their opening statements. Their statements were recorded by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Comrap Rural,” said Advocate General of Assam Debujit Lone Saikia.
On 4 June, Sisodia in a press conference alleged that Sarma was involved in a scam. He said that in 2020, during the Covid pandemic, when the current Chief Minister of Assam was the Health Minister, he had awarded contracts for the supply of PPE kits to JCB Industries, co-owned by Sarma. Wife is Reniki Bhuyan Sarma. He also alleged that JCB Industries was ordered to supply PPE kits at a cost of Rs 900, while others supplied at Rs 600.
When Sarma questioned the allegations, there was no explanation from Sisodia.
The Chief Minister of Assam then decided to file a criminal defamation case under Sections 499, 500 and 501 of the Indian Penal Code.
Reneki Bhuyan Sarma had also filed a defamation suit of Rs 100 crore against Sisodia in the court of Civil Judge No.1. 1 of Kamrup Metropolitan District on June 21 on the same charges.
Sarma’s counsel has maintained that JCB Industries did not participate in any bid for supply of PPE kits to NHM, Assam, nor did it raise any bill. It had supplied around 1,500 PPE kits to NHM, Assam as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility activities.
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