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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

Sheila Dikshit fined Rs. 5,000 for not appearing in court

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 28, 2013
First Published: 16:07 IST(28/10/2013) | Last Updated: 01:18 IST(29/10/2013)

A Delhi court on Monday asked Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to pay Rs. 5,000 for non-appearance in a defamation case lodged by her against BJP leader Vijender Gupta.

The court had during the last hearing asked Dikshit to appear in person for her examination in the criminal defamation case lodged by her against Gupta.

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.

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