Union minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti landed in trouble after a CJM court in Bhopal on Thursday issued an arrest warrant against her in connection with a defamation case filed by Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh.
Singh, the petitioner in the case, has already recorded his statement before the court but Bharti, has failed to appear in the court despite several summons.
Defamation case: Uma Bharti in trouble as court issues arrest warrant against her
The court of CJM Bhu Bhaskar Yadav on Thursday issued the arrest warrant against Bharti as she again failed to appear in the court.
Filed over a decade ago, the case was supposed to be settled by mutual agreement, as proposed by the Bharti’s lawyer Harish Mehta, but eventually the political rivals could not struck truce.
Bharti during one of the election rallies during 2003 assembly polls had alleged that Singh during his tenure was involved in Rs 1,500 scam which prompted the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister to file defamation suit against Bharti who had later swept to power in MP with landslide victory in 2003.
Singh over the years has remained adamant on his case maintaining time and again that he would only withdraw his case once Bharti apologises to him.
The court not pleased with Bharti’s repeated absence from hearings observed observed, “The public accused courts of offering repetitive dates for hearing, but in this case, the accused herself is giving dates after dates for appearing before the court. Any sympathy with such an accused would be failing the judiciary. So the court rejects her application for waiver from appearance.”
The court also ordered that warrant should be executed by a Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) level officer.
The court posted the next hearing for Oct 19.