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Assam CM's wife files Rs 100 cr defamation suit against Sisodia

By IndianMandarins- 22 Jun 2022
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Guwahati (22.06.2022): Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma's wife Riniki Bhuyan Sarma filed a Rs 100 crore civil defamation suit against Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in Civil Judge Court, Kamrup (Metro), Guwahati on June 21, 2022. Furthering the tactics of shoot and scoot, Delhi Dy CM alleged in a press conference on June 4 that the Assam government had given contracts to the Chief Minister's wife's firms and son's business partner to supply PPE kits above market rates when the COVID-19 pandemic was raging in the country in 2020.

 The CM had earlier said he would initiate legal action against Sisodia after the AAP leader's allegations. Sarma 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. He wrote, "Honorable Chief Minister @himantabiswa ji! Here is your wife's contract to buy 5000 kits in the name of JCB Industries at 990/- per kit... Tell me, is this paper false? Is it not corruption to give a tender purchase order to your wife's company as a health minister?" Rinku Bhuyan Sarma, wife of Himanta Biswa Sarma had earlier issued a clarification over Sisodia's allegations.

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