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Defamation case: Bailable warrant against Shazia Ilmi

LiveMint logoLiveMint 24-05-2014 PTI

New Delhi: A Delhi Court on Saturday issued a bailable warrant against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Shazia Ilmi for her non-appearance in a criminal defamation complaint filed against her, party chief Arvind Kejriwal and others by outgoing Telecom minister Kapil Sibal’s son Amit Sibal.

The court had last month warned of coercive measures against Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and former Delhi chief minister, and other leaders — Manish Sisodia, Prashant Bhushan and Ilmi—after they had failed to appear before it in the matter.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Kumar Sharma on Saturday issued the bailable warrant against Ilmi after she did not turn up again despite summons issued earlier. “Issue bailable warrant in the sum of Rs5,000 against Shazia Ilmi,” the metropolitan magistrate said.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan was present in the court. The court, however, allowed the exemption application of Sisodia for Saturday and did not impose any cost on him on the ground that his father had expired on 22 May.

Meanwhile, the court asked former Delhi law minister and senior counsel Shanti Bhushan, appearing for Arvind Kejriwal, who is in judicial custody in another case till 6 June, to file an appropriate exemption application and ensure his presence on 23 August, the next date of hearing.

“In all civil matters, the trial proceeds without the presence of the accused,” Bhushan said, while seeking exemption on behalf of Kejriwal.

The AAP chief was remanded in judicial custody till 6 June and is lodged in Tihar jail after he refused to submit a bail bond in another defamation case filed against him by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari.

Advocate Mohit Mathur, appearing for Amit, today opposed the pleas of the accused saying, “This has become a habit. We have travelled three months but we are still at the same stage. If they seek exemption, then at least the due legal process shall continue.”

The court also directed that all the accused shall remain present before it on the next date of hearing.

The court had on 24 July last year summoned Kejriwal, Sisodia, Prashant and Ilmi on the criminal defamation suit filed by Amit, who is a lawyer, in which he had alleged that the AAP leaders had said that he had taken advantage of his father’s position to represent a telecom company in court cases here.

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