Justice Kalyan Rai Surana dismissed Sisodia’s prayer on the grounds that the Delhi deputy CM “has not been able to make out any case for quashing the lower court case.”
Sisodia now has to appear before the CJM’s court on November 19, state advocate general Devajit Saikia said.
Sarma had last July filed the defamation case in Kamrup district chief judicial magistrate’s court alleging that Sisodia, in a press conference in New Delhi on June 4, had accused him of indulging in corruption while supplying PPE kits in the state in 2020.
Sarma stated in the case that Sisodia accused him of giving a government contract to his wife’s company for purchasing PPE kits at a higher rate without proper tender process. Sarma was the health minister at that time.
Advocate general Saikia said, “The HC, after hearing both the parties, quashed the petition of Manish Sisodia who had prayed before the court for quashing of the trial court proceedings against him. The court stated that the petition was baseless.”
The advocate general submitted before the high court that Sisodia did not take care to find out facts from the National Health Mission (NHM) as to whether or not Sarma’s wife or her company had raised any supply bills to the state or to the NHM and whether or not the state or the NHM had made any payment to Sarma’s wife or to her company for supply of any PPE kit pursuant to the two supply orders dated 18.03.2020.
He further submitted that at the time of the first wave of Covid-19 pandemic, no one was in a position to supply large quantity of PPE kits, as such, the government were exploring possibility of obtaining PPE kits from various sources.