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Assam CMs wife files 100 crore defamation suit against Sisodia

Sisodia and the Assam CM had engaged in a war of words after the AAP leader made the allegations.

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Guwahati: A Rs 100-crore defamation suit has been filed against Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia at Gauhati High Court on behalf of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Sarma’s wife, Riniki Bhuyan Sarma.

The case was filed on Tuesday weeks after Sarma had said he will be filing a civil defamation case against the AAP leader for accusing the Assam government of giving contracts to his wife’s firms and son’s business partner to supply PPE kits above market rates during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

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On behalf of the CM’s wife, advocate Padmadha Nayak said, “As you know that on June 4, AAP leader and Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia called a press conference in Delhi and made certain remarks against my client, alleging that she had got a government contract to supply of PPE kits to the National Health Mission in March 2020. This is a completely false and defamatory statement.”

The advocate went on to say Rinki Sarma never even supplied any PPE kit as a business transaction to the NHM and, in fact, donated 1,485 such kits under corporate social responsibility.

“We have filed a civil defamation case against Manish Sisodia in Guwahati and we are expecting that the case will be listed tomorrow. We have claimed damages of Rs 100 crore,” Nayak said.

Sisodia and the Assam CM had engaged in a war of words after the AAP leader made the allegations. a Sarma in his rebuttal threatened to file a defamation suit against Sisodia, asking him to “stop sermonising”.

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