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Assam CM's wife files Rs 100 cr defamation suit against Manish Sisodia in PPE kits case

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had earlier said he will initiate legal action against Sisodia after the AAP leader's allegations.

Vani Mehrotra Edited by: Vani Mehrotra @vani_mehrotra New Delhi Published on: June 22, 2022 6:36 IST
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Assam CM's wife files Rs 100 cr defamation suit against Manish Sisodia

Highlights

  • Manish Sisodia had alleged that the Assam government had given contracts Assam CM's wife's firms
  • These were given to supply PPE kits above market rates when the COVID-19 pandemic was at peak
  • Riniki Bhuyan Sarma's lawyer said they are expecting that the case will list on Wednesday

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma's wife on Tuesday filed a Rs 100 crore civil defamation suit against Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. According to the details, Riniki Bhuyan Sarma filed the case Civil Judge Court, Kamrup (Metro), Guwahati.

Earlier on June 4, Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia had alleged that the Assam government had given contracts to the chief minister's wife's firms and son's business partner. These were given to supply PPE kits above market rates when the COVID-19 pandemic was raging in the country in 2020, he alleged. 

Riniki Bhuyan Sarma's lawyer Padmadhar Nayak said that they are expecting that the case will list on Wednesday and they will move further.

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Himanta Biswa Sarma had earlier said he will initiate legal action against Sisodia after the AAP leader's allegations. 

In his clarification, the Assam CM had said, "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 donated around 1,500 PPE kits free of cost to the government to save lives. She didn't take a single penny."

Reacting to the allegations of irregularities in the supply of PPE kits, Sarma stated that the PPE kits were "gifted to the government" and his wife's company "raised no bill" for it.

Sisodia had tweeted tagging a bill addressed to the JCB Industries from NHM-Assam mission director S Lakshmanan.

Rinku Bhuyan Sarma, wife of Himanta Biswa Sarma had earlier issued a clarification over Sisodia's allegations.

She wrote, "In the first week of the pandemic, not a single PPE kit was available with Assam. Taking cognizance of the same, I reached out to a business acquaintance and delivered about 1500 PPE kits to NHM with a lot of effort. Later on, I wrote to the NHM to treat the same as part of my CSR."

"I didn't take a single penny out of the supply. I have always been transparent about my belief in giving back to society, irrespective of my husband's political standing," she added. 

(With inputs from ANI)

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