A court in New Delhi on Monday set January 25 for the appearance of JMM supremo Shibu Soren in a 1999 case of violation of prohibitory orders.
Soren's counsel Keval Kishore Singh appeared in court of First Class Judicial Magistrate P Srivastav and said his client was unable to appear before it on Monday as scheduled because he is lodged in Tihar jail after he was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Shashinath Jha murder case.
Other accused in the case — Jharkhand Land Reforms Minister Dulal Bhuiyan and JMM MLA Champai Soren — appeared in the court, which extended their bail.
The case had been transferred to Srivastav's court from that of the Chief Judicial Magistrate following submission of chargesheet last month.
A FIR had been filed against Soren, Bhuiyan and Champai Soren and 450 of their supporters in Bistupur police station on the statement of executive magistrate on duty, Anjani Kumar Mishra, on August 9, 1999.
Soren had allegedly led hundreds of supporters to pay tribute to slain JMM president Nirmal Mahato on his death anniversary on August 8, 1999 in front of the Chamaria guesthouse despite prohibitory orders being in force.
Soren's supporters had even opened six rounds of fire to observe 'Martyr's Day', according to the FIR.
While Champai Soren and Bhuiyan had procured bail in the case, the JMM supremo was granted bail last year after he was brought on remand from jail following his surrender in the Chirudih massacre case in August.