Digvijay Singh appears before Delhi court in Gadkari’s defamation case
NEW DELHI: Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Saturday
appeared before a Delhi court after it issued a bailable warrant against him in
connection with a defamation case filed by Union Road Transport and Highways
Minister Nitin Gadkari.
Earlier in the day, Digvijay Singh did not appear
before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha and sought exemption
for the day, which was opposed by Gadkari’s counsel.
Taking a dim view of the Congress leader’s absence
even as his lawyer moved an application seeking exemption from personal
appearance, the court issued the warrant against Digvijay Singh and also sought
Gadkari’s personal appearance in court on the next date of hearing, Nov 10.
The Congress leader appeared before the court later in
the day and requested it to withdraw the warrant while assuring his presence on
the next date of hearing. The magistrate then recalled her order and cancelled
The court not only directed Digivijay Singh to be
present on November 10, but also warned Gadkari of dismissing his plea if he
failed to appear before the court on that date.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gadkari had in October
1, 2012 filed a defamation case against Digvijay Singh, who had accused him of
having business links with BJP parliamentarian Ajay Sancheti who allegedly
pocketed a huge sum in the allocation of coal blocks, which the Supreme Court
It was also alleged in the complaint that Digvijay
Singh had accused Gadkari of pocketing Rs 490 crore in the allocation to
Sancheti. In his petition, Gadkari sought Digvijay Singh’s prosecution under
sections 499 (defamation) and 500 (punishment for defamation) of the Indian
Gadkari, in his statement recorded in court, denied
having any business ties with Sancheti and said Digvijay Singh levelled “totally
false and defamatory” allegations against him to “give the impression that I
have been responsible for allocation of the coal mines” to Sancheti.
Gadkari had alleged that Digvijay Singh levelled
defamatory allegations against him to lower his dignity and malign and tarnish
his image. The court November 17, 2012 issued summons to Digvijay Singh after
finding prima facie evidence against him.
On December 21, 2012, he was granted bail by the court
after he appeared before it in pursuance of the summons issued against him.