PPE kit row: Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia prayes for quashing of Defamation case

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has prayed for quashing the civil defamation case filed by Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma’s spouse Riniki Bhuyan Sarma for allegedly linking her to an alleged PPE package provide rip-off within the state in 2020.

Sisodia’s lawyer filed an software below Order VII Rule 11 of the Civil Process Code (CPC) for rejection of the plaint in opposition to him claiming that these weren’t true. The rule lays six grounds for the rejection of a plaint by a court docket. The court docket mounted the following date of listening on September 3.

A month back, Riniki Bhuyan Sarma filed a Rs 100-crore civil defamation case in opposition to Sisodia after he, throughout the press convention on June 4, alleged that her agency was given the contract to produce PPE kits in 2020 with out a tender course of and the kits have been bought by the federal government at a better value. Himanta was the health minister of the state at the moment.

Bhuyan’s advocate Padmadhar Nayak mentioned, “The Kamrup (Metro) civil judge-I court docket on June 22 issued discover to Sisodia to be current earlier than the court docket both in individual or by his lawyer on Monday. Nevertheless, his lawyer moved an software below Order VII Rule 11 of CPC. They’ve prayed the court docket to dispose of their software earlier than transferring to the primary case.”

Speaking concerning the allegations in opposition to Sarma, Nayak mentioned neither the federal government had floated any tender for PPE kits nor had his consumer participated in any tender course. “Nationwide Well being Mission, Assam had discovered the attainable sources and positioned orders for PPE kits to them as there was a shortage of kits at the moment. Many had failed to supply the orders.

However my consumer collected 1485 kits from her supply and donated these to the NHM on March 26, 2020,” he added.

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