PPE kit row: Himanta Biswa Sarma files defamation case against Manish Sisodia over corruption charges

The case pertains to the allegation of supply of PPE kits at ‘higher than market rates’ during the first wave of covid-19 to National Health Mission, Assam, by JCB Industries, which is co-owned by Sarma’s wife Riniki Bhuyan Sarma

PPE kit row: Himanta Biswa Sarma files defamation case against Manish Sisodia over corruption charges

Manish Sisodia. File photo

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Guwahati, July 1

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has filed a criminal defamation case against Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia for “levelling baseless corruption charges” against him in connection with the supply of PPE kits at “higher than market rates” to National Health Mission authorities during the first wave of the covid-19 pandemic, Sarma’s advocate said on Friday.

The case has been registered in the court of the chief judicial magistrate, Kamrup rural, on Thursday and listed for July 22 for initial deposition by the complainant, he said.

The case pertains to the allegation of supply of PPE kits at “higher than market rates” during the first wave of covid-19 to National Health Mission, Assam, by JCB Industries, which is co-owned by Sarma’s wife Riniki Bhuyan Sarma.

“Manish Sisodia had levelled corruption charges against Himanta Biswa Sarma at a press conference in New Delhi on June 4. He had specifically claimed that the 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,” Sarma’s advocate Devojit Saikia said.

Noting that the allegation is “baseless”, Saikia said, “On being aggrieved by the allegations levelled against him and not receiving any clarification on the matter later, Sarma decided to seek legal remedy and file a criminal defamation case.”

He claimed that the PPE kits were donated by JCB Industries.

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