Dikshit had alleged that the BJP leader had used “uncivilised” language against her in the run-up to the MCD polls last year while accusing her of helping and conniving with power companies.
Metropolitan Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal, however, allowed Dikshit’s application for exemption from personal appearance for today but directed her to remain present before it on January 27, 2014, the next date of hearing, “without giving any excuse”.
During the hearing, Dikshit’s counsel sought exemption from personal appearance on the grounds that she was busy in election meetings.
Gupta’s counsel opposed the plea, saying his client was being harassed just because he is an accused in the case.
The court had on August 6 framed criminal defamation charges against former Delhi BJP chief Gupta in the complaint filed by Dikshit.
The court had on July 1 found that prima facie an offence of defamation was made out against Gupta.