A local court in Bhopal on Thursday stayed the arrest warrant against Union Minister Uma Bharti in connection with Digvijaya Singh defamation case.
Earlier on Thursday, the court had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Bharti for not appearing before it in a defamation case filed against her by Congress national general secretary Digvijay Singh in 2003.
Taking serious note of the minister’s non-appearance before the court for recording of her statement as accused for around a year, Bhopal chief judicial magistrate (CJM) Bhubhaskar Yadav issued the arrest warrant.
While rejecting the plea of Bharti’s counsel for review of the order and interim stay on the execution of warrant for seven days, the CJM court held that “since the case is 13 years old, proceedings cannot be stayed merely on the wish of either of the parties.”
The CJM subsequently quashed the review application and ordered issuance of the arrest warrant on Thursday itself and ensure her appearance before the court on October 19, 2016.
In November 2003, then Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh had filed a defamation case against then Bhopal MP Uma Bharti for leveling “false allegations” of him being involved in a Rs 15,000 crores scam. She had termed Singh as most corrupt CM of India.