AAP’s Sanjay Singh told to appear before Ludhiana court on June 7 in Majithia defamation case
SAD’s Bikram Singh Majithia had filed a defamation suit last year against Sanjay Singh, who had accused him of running drug racket in the state.punjab Updated: May 06, 2017 17:32 IST
A local court has rejected AAP leader Sanjay Singh’s application seeking exemption from personal appearance in a criminal defamation suit filed against him by former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia. The court told Sanjay Singh to appear before it on June 7.
Majithia had filed a defamation suit last year against Sanjay Singh, who had accused him of running drug racket in the state. Chief judicial magistrate (first class) Jagjeet Singh, while passing the order on Thursday, dismissed all pleas submitted by the AAP leader to exempt him from personal appearance in the case.
Sanjay Singh, had in his application, maintained that he was a busy politician who was the in-charge of the party’s Parliamentary Affairs Committee (PAC) besides being in-charge of party affairs of many states. He had also claimed that he had been granted bail in the case and that the complainant, Bikram Majithia, had also been granted exemption from personal appearance.
The court, while rejecting the AAP leader’s application, brought on record that Sanjay had been evading appearance by filing exemption applications on each and every hearing. It said the AAP leader had appeared in court on only two occasions – once when he was granted bail and the second time when the notice of accusation was served on him.
The judge noted that Sanjay Singh was not entitled for discretionary relief permanently in the case.
The court, meanwhile, also disposed of an application filed for day- to-day hearing in the case by the complainant. Majithia, in his application, said the AAP leader was continuing to defame him after getting bail in the case.