GUWAHATI, July 10 – A couple of hours after Akhil Gogoi produced the missing case diaries accusing Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on charges of extortion, murder etc, the latter retaliated saying that the submissions, which the former was referring to as evidences, were recorded under Sec 161 CrPC (in presence of police) and were irrelevant before the court of law.
“What holds authentication in the court of law is the submission made on oath (Sec 163 CrPC) before the designated court and in my case all the witnesses had denied my involvement in the case in 2005,” Sarma claimed while dismissing the charges levelled against him by the KMSS secretary as rubbish.
The Minister said he would produce the certified copies of the witnesses’ accounts on Monday. The case diaries went missing in 1996.
Further, referring to the two cases registered with the Panbazar and Chandmari police stations, he said that the police had in the Panbazar Police Station case, found only Rs 12 on his person. No pistol was found with him that day, he claimed.
“Later, during the court proceedings, all the witnesses, including the then superintendent of the Cotton College hostel concerned, submitted before the court that no arm was found on the hostel premises and even the complainant in the Chandmari Police Station case went on to state on record that I was in no way involved in the offence,” he informed.
He further threatened to expose the ‘influential’ political face on Monday who is running the show from behind. “Akhil Gogoi is being used as a prop by that political leader and I will unearth the nexus on Monday, where a police official based in Silchar is also a party,” the Minister claimed.
Expressing no surprise at the production of the missing case diaries, Sarma said, “I always knew that some forces wary of my rise in the political scenario, would one day produce the case diaries as part of a political conspiracy. This belief made me write a letter to the editor in The Assam Tribune in August, 1996. The letter was published in the newspaper on its August 3, 1996 issue enumerating my apprehensions on the issue.”
The news report of the missing case dairies first appeared in The Assam Tribune in its August 1, 1996 issue, he recalled.
“Today, it has been proved that I was not involved in stealing the case dairies,” he asserted.
He went on to say that a person offered him to sell the case diaries a year back against a hefty sum of money. But the Minister said, he had refused to buy the papers.
Reacting to Akhil Gogoi’s statement that he would come up with some more charges against the Minister, Sarma said, “I know what he is talking about. It could be a doctored video tape prepared with the help of a private television channel and the letter written by Basanti Sarma, the wife of Late Manabendra Sarma to the then Prime Minister. I am ready to give Akhil Gogoi a befitting reply.”
Sarma also favoured an impartial inquiry, may be even by the CBI, as was endorsed by the AGP few years back, into the missing case diaries.
The Minister also slammed Gogoi alleging that the KMSS leader was now compromising on issues related to NREGA, co-operative societies and other issues concerning the grievances of the farmers.
“Why he is no more interested in all those issues; are there no problems now in the implementation of such schemes,” questioned the Minister.