Assam Advocate General Devajit Saikia on Monday said the Gauhati High Court has dismissed Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisdodia’s plea challenging the lower court’s order of criminal proceedings against him in a defamation case filed by Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma.
The Supreme Court’s objection reversed the Supreme Court’s order of the High Court Judge, Kamrup in Assam, which summoned Sisodia to appear in person on November 19.
The Kamrup court issued the summons after hearing a defamation case against Sarma filed after Sisodia leveled corruption allegations against the Assam CM. Sisodia accused Sarma of awarding contracts for PPE kits to a company linked to his wife, Riniki Bhuyan Sarma, for Rs 990 per piece while the same item was purchased from others for Rs 660 during the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. Sarma was then the health minister of the state and became the CM in May last year.
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Sisodia at a press conference in New Delhi alleged that there was fraud involved in the process.
Both Sarma and his wife denied the allegations and Sarma filed a defamation case against Sisodia and said the company in question did not receive any money from the government and donated PPE kits to the state health department under its CSR programme.
“Sarma and two witnesses also appeared before the court during the hearing of the defamation case. The CJM had registered sections 499, 500, and 501 of the IPC against Sisodia. The court then issued summons to Sisodia. Sisodia moved the Gauhati High Court and challenged the lower court’s order. Today, Justice Kalyan Rai Surana dismissed Sisodia’s petition and said that the allegations are baseless, false and purposeful. The lower court order directed Sisodia to appear in person on November 29,” Saikia told reporters in Guwahati on Monday.