Corruption Allegation: Sisodia Chooses Silence; Assam CM Sarma again threatens to sue him in criminal defamation case: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Ravi S Singh

New Delhi, June 5

On Sunday, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia remained silent on his allegation of corruption yesterday by Assam Chief Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma when he was Minister of State Health, but the latter escalated the case and again threatened to sue him in a criminal defamation case.

Sarma posted on his Twitter account a letter from JCB Industries, on January 26, 2020, to the Director of the National Health Mission, implying that he had provided 1,485 PPE kits as part of his corporate social responsibility initiative. companies (CSR) as a support to the State of Assam in its fight against the Covid pandemic.

The letter states that since the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, the whole country has been constantly striving to overcome the crisis and the challenges arising from it.

“At this critical time, at JCB Industries, we are also striving to contribute to this fight against the pandemic and to express our solidarity by extending our support through various means and channels. One of the initiatives we have taken from our corporate social responsibility fund is to purchase and distribute country PPE kits to health fighters nationwide through various state health departments and FWs.

The Mission Director, by letter dated March 27, 2020, acknowledged JCB Industries for its contribution of PPE kits through its own CSR forum.

Sarma, while tagging the two letters in his tweets, said: ‘The company in question has written to NHM Assam stating that the supply of around 1,500 PPE kits for Covid warriors is to be treated as a contribution to CSR and therefore not a single rupee has to be paid by the government. .”

“Manish bhai, it’s not corruption, it’s humanity. My wife committed no crime, she tried to help Assam at its greatest crisis.

“Throwing mud on others will not be accepted. You will face legal consequences,” Sarma said.

Sisodia had alleged that Sarma, as health minister, awarded government contracts to his wife’s business ventures and those run by his son’s associates to procure Covid kits at inflated prices.

Sarma was quick to deny the accusation and had threatened to sue Sisodia in a defamation case.