Arrest warrant issued against Union Minister Uma Bharti in a defamation case by a local court in Bhopal has been stayed by the ADJ court due to moving of a review application by Uma Bharti’s Advocate in ADJ Court.
ADJ Ram Kumar Chaubey stayed the warrant, while hearing a revision petition filed by the minister's counsel, who pleaded she was in Delhi to resolve Cauvery reservoir dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in compliance with Supreme Court's directives.
This plea was admitted and the warrant was stayed, said sources. Earlier, CJM court had directed senior superintendent of police (SSP) to ensure her presence during the next hearing on October 19. The order came in response to an application moved by Bharti's lawyer, Harish Mehta, under Section 317 of CrPC, which allows inquiries and trial in absence of accused. CJM observed she did not appear before court during trials in last one year.
In the last hearing on February 5, court directed Uma Bharti and Digvijaya Singh to be present for a possible mediation on March 8.