New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday will hear a plea related to the criminal defamation case filed by Union Minister of Road Transport and Railways, Nitin Gadkari, against Congress leader Digvijay Singh.
The court had earlier directed Gadkari to be present for today's hearing, failing which it had warned that the plea would be dismissed.
The court had also issued bailable warrant against Singh for failing to appear before it in a hearing earlier this month.
The bailable warrant was issued after Singh's counsel asked the court to exempt him from personal appearance for the day.
The case was filed by the Union Minister in 2010 alleging that Singh had accused him of having business links with the then MP Ajay Sancheti.
The case was filed under Section 499 (defamation) and Section 500 (punishment for defamation).
Gadkari alleged that Singh had accused him of taking around Rs 490 crore in the coal block allocation to Sancheti.
The BJP leader denied the accusations and said that he had no business ties with Sancheti.