A local court on Friday adjourned the hearing in a case relating to alleged violation of code of conduct by Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren failed to appear before it.
First Class Judicial Magistrate (II), Arvind Kumar, fixed the next date of hearing on January 19.
In a petition, Soren's counsel Kewal Krishan sought time citing his ill health. Soren has been undergoing treatment in a hospital in Ranchi.
The court also directed Shibu Soren's associate Champai Soren and Land Reform and Land Revenue Minister Dulal Bhuiyan, who were on bail in the case, to appear.
Earlier, a FIR had been lodged against the three along with 400 others on charges of violating the code of conduct in 1999.
Based on the statement of then magistrate on-duty, the case was registered against Soren for leading a procession to pay homage to slained JMM president Nirmal Mahto as well as firing in the air in August, 1999.