A Delhi court today rejected a plea by Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar seeking exemption from personal appearance in two cases of criminal defamation and imposed a cost of Rs 500 on her for not appearing before it.
"The pending application (of Patkar) for exemption from personal appearance is dismissed," Metropolitan Magistrate Munish Markan said.
The court posted the next date of hearing for recording of pre-summoning evidence in the two cases for February 7, 2010.
Patkar had filed a criminal defamation case in Delhi against V K Saxena, president of Ahmedabad-based NGO National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) in the year 2000 for allegedly publishing advertisements against her and the activities of NBA.
Saxena had also filed a criminal defamation case against Patkar in Ahmedabad in 2001 for accusing him of making payments through cheques to an NGO in Malegaon in Maharashtra.
The case was transferred to Delhi by the Supreme Court on Patkar's plea.
Earlier on April 7, 2003, the court had dismissed Patkar's complaint for her non-appearance which was later revived on September 1, 2006 after she approached the Delhi High Court. Both the cases are at pre-summoning stage.