Hyderabad A Hyderabad court on Monday issued a non-bailable warrant against senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh for not appearing before him in a defamation case. This case was filed against him in 2017. The special court set up to hear cases against MPs / MLAs issued a non-bailable warrant after Digvijay Singh failed to appear before it.
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This defamation case was filed against Singh by AIMIM leader SA Hussain Anwar. He had alleged that Singh defamed AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi by saying that the Hyderabad MP’s party was contesting elections in other states for financial gains. The petitioner’s lawyer, Mohammad Asif Amjad, said that he had sent legal notices to both Digvijay Singh and the editor of an Urdu daily that published the article and asked for an apology but both of them did not respond after which they moved the court. During the previous date of hearing, the court had directed that Digvijay Singh and the editor appear before it on 22 February.
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Amjad said that the editor did so, but Singh did not appear in court. Amjad said that Digvijay Singh’s counsel had filed a petition seeking exemption from appearance on medical grounds, but the court rejected it and issued a non-bailable warrant. The court has fixed the next hearing of the case on March 8. Singh’s lawyer said that he has already filed a petition before the High Court to cancel the proceedings.