Guwahati, Jun 3 : Assam Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarmah on Saturday filed a criminal defamation case against Saradha Group and its chairman Sudipta Sen for allegations against him in a purported letter to the CBI.
Sarmah is the first person to initiate legal action against Sen although names of several politicians and businessmen figured in the purported letter to the CBI after the chit fund company went bust.
The minister filed the case in the court of Kamrup first class magistrate under various sections of the IPC alleging that Sen had made false and defamatory allegations which has harmed his reputation.
Sen, in the purported letter to the CBI, had written that Sarmah had received some money from Saradha Group by signing vouchers.
''This is totally false, baseless and such allegations have damaged my reputation in public life and, therefore, I am filing the criminal defamation suit,'' he said.
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.