New Delhi, Jan 6: In a major respite, the former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was on Tuesday, Jan 6 exempted from depositing a cost of Rs 3 lakh imposed on her by a Delhi court for her non-appearance in a defamation case filed by her against BJP leader Vijender Gupta.
76-year-old Dikshit had appeared for the first time in court on Saturday, Dec 20 after demitting office as chief minister as on earlier dates she was the Governor of Kerala and after resigning from the post she had failed to appear before it inviting the cost of Rs 3 lakh.
The court, on August 6 last year, had framed criminal defamation charges against BJP leader Vijendra Gupta in the complaint alleging that the BJP leader had used "uncivilised" language against Dikshit in the run up to the MCD polls in 2012 while accusing her of helping and conniving with power companies.
The court had directed her to pay Rs 2 lakh to Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DLSA) and Rs1 lakh to Gupta.
(With PTI inputs)