Guwahati: On Saturday, Assam Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarmah filed a criminal defamation case against ponzy scheme Saradha Group and its chairman Sudipta Sen for allegations against him in a purported letter to CBI.
Sarmah is the first person in the country to start legal action against Sen though names of several politicians and businessmen figured in the purported letter to CBI after the chitfund company went bust.
The minister filed the case in the court of Kamrup First Class Magistrate Ipsita Borthakur under different sections of the IPC alleging that Sen had made false and defamatory allegations which has harmed his political and personal reputation.
The magistrate recorded the statement of the minister, who highlighted the allegations made by Sen in the purported letter to CBI that Sarmah had received some money from Saradha Group by signing vouchers.
He said that ”This is totally false, baseless and such allegations have damaged my reputation in public life and, therefore, I am filing the criminal defamation suit.”
The court accepted his statement and ordered a magisterial inquiry under the provisions of Section 202 CrPC and fixed June 16 as the next date of hearing.