Patna: A local court on Saturday exempted Leader
of Opposition and former chief minister Rabri Devi from
personal appearance in connection with a defamation case.
Sub-divisional Judicial Magistrate Dinanath Singh allowed
her petition seeking exemption from personal appearance in
the court in connection with a defamation case filed against
her by state JD(U) president Rajiv Ranjan alias Lalan Singh.
Singh had on April 13, 2009 filed a petition seeking to
initiate defamation proceedings against her for her alleged
"uncharitable and vulgar" remarks against him and Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar while electioneering in Saran district
for the Lok Sabha polls.
The court had already taken cognisance of the petition.
Rabri Devi had in a petition to the court sought
exemption from personal appearance on the grounds that she was
a woman and was busy with political work being the leader of
opposition in Bihar assembly.