Assam CM appears before court in defamation suit

Guwahati: A large number of senior Congress leaders and ministers on Monday hit the street before the court of session judge here when chief minister Tarun Gogoi went to the court to appear in person before the session judge in connection with Rs 100 crore defamation suit filed against him by Himanta Bishwa Sharma.
Gogoi’s son Gaurav Gogoi, a Lok Sabha MP from the state too was there accompanying his father to the court. Gogoi who is a qualified lawyer, argued for himself before the court on Monday.
After hearing the arguments of Tarun Gogoi and the counsel of Himanta Bishwa Sharma, once a blue-eyed boy of Tarun Gogoi, the court fixed February 8 as the next date of hearing for the case. Coming out of the court Gogoi said that he had appeared before the court in response to a notice served by the court.
“I have come to appear in person before the court as a common citizen who has tremendous respect and faith on the judiciary,” he said. Gogoi informed that the counsel of Himanta Bishwa Sharma sought an injunction from court barring him from making public allegation/ comment against the BJP leader.
However, the court issued no such injunction and fixed the next date of hearing on February 8, Gogoi informed.
BJP leader Himanta Bishwa Sharma filed the defamation case against Tarun Gogoi on the basis of reported allegation made by Gogoi that Sharma was involved in various scandals like multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam, Louise Berger scandal etc.
Sharma who had fallen out with Gogoi, joined the BJP in September last year.

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