In a sensational revelation, Dibrugarh MP Rameswar Teli in his shocking statement alleged that noted writer, columnist and journalist Homen Borgohain has returned his Sahitya Akademi Award in exchange of a hefty amount paid by the Congress. While speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Teli said, ‘Homen Borgohain has accepted Rs 15 lakh for returning the honour.’
He also said that opposition Congress have paid huge amounts to the litterateurs for returning their Sahitya Akademi awards. It is to be noted that Borgohain and his wife Nirupama Borgohain had joined the league of Sahitya Akademi awardees returning their awards in protest against growing “fascist tendencies” in the country.
Meanwhile, speaking to ENe Nirupama Borgohain, said, ‘These are all false allegations, we have returned the honour in protest of growing intolerance in the whole country, and, for this, the Congress government has not paid us a single penny.’
She further added that even though they have already returned their awards but till now they don’t know whether the returned award has been accepted by the Centre or not. ‘For us, respect is more important than money,’ she further stated.