Union minister seeks exemption from personal appearance in court



Shimla: Union Industry and Commerce Minister, Anand Sharma has moved an application in the court of P.S.Samyal, Chief Judicial Megistrate to exempt him from his personal appearance in court in a defamation case by Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal. The counsel for petitioners, Sataya Pal Jain told media persons outside the court today that union minister has filed an application before the court to exempt his personal appearance into this case who was summoned to appear to fill his statement under section 313 of IPC. Satya Pal Jain said that counsel for both parties presented their argument before the court on the plea of defendant and the court is likely to give its direction on November 23, 2010 after hearing the two parties.

Union Minister has been sued by the Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal in a “criminal defamation” case along with former Punjab Chief Minister and PCC President, Capt. Amarinder Singh, national treasurer Moti Lal Vora in February 2003 for allegedly passing derogatory remarks against Prem Kumar Dhumal and his government.

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