New Delhi: In what could spell fresh trouble for former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, a court has imposed a fine of Rs 3 lakh on her for failing to appear for a hearing in defamation case filed against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijender Gupta, as per reports on Saturday.
Dikshit was earlier also fined for Rs 5,000 by the court for non-appearance in the court as well.
The court has also directed her to appear for the next hearing which is to be held on December 20.
The Congress leader had filed a case against Gupta alleging that he used “uncivilised” language against her during the MCD polls held two years ago.
The magisterial court had last year found "prima facie" evidence against Gupta and ordered that charges be framed against him under section 500 (defamation) of the IPC.
Meanwhile, Gupta said that Dikshit was fined by the court as she failed to turn up in the court despite filing a defamation case against him.
Sheila Dikshit filed defamation case against me but didnt show up on various counts, thats why court is fining her Rs.3 lakh: Vijender Gupta
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Dikshit had resigned as Kerala Governor earlier this week and said that she did not take the decision under any pressure and merely followed her heart.
On questions of joining active politics after her resignation, Dikshit remained tight-lipped and said, “It is not decided yet.”