Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma deposed before a lower court in connection to a defamation suit that he filed against Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia for allegedly maligning his family reputation in a PPE kit deal during Covid19 pandemic.
On Friday, he appeared before the Kamrup District and Sessions Judge Court for an initial deposition and the court recorded his statement as a complainant in connection with the case.
Sarma filed a criminal defamation case against Sisodia as he alleged that the Assam government had given contracts for supplying PPE kits at a high rate to firms belonging to Sarma’s family members in 2020.
Earlier, Assam CM’s wife Riniki Bhuyan Sarma in June this year filed a Rs 100 crore civil defamation suit against Sisodia in Civil Judge Court, Kamrup (Metro), Guwahati too.
On June 4 last, AAP leader and the Delhi minister, in a press conference, alleged that the Assam government had given contracts to the Sarma 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.
Sarma had stated that the PPE kits were ‘gifted’ and there was no financial anomaly.