Congress leaders fined by Himachal court

March 21st, 2009 - 6:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, March 21 (IANS) Seeking an adjournment and failing to produce witnesses in defamation suits cost three senior Congress leaders dear in a Himachal Pradesh court Saturday. The three are Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anand Sharma, former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh and Congress party treasurer Motilal Vora.
The suits against them were filed by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal.

As the case against Sharma came up for hearing, Shimla Chief Judicial Magistrate Yashwant Chogal imposed costs of Rs.500 on the minister for seeking an adjournment.

Sharma had made allegations during the 2003 state assembly elections that Dhumal had assets beyond his known sources of income.

In another case, the same court imposed costs of Rs.200 on Amarinder Singh and Vora for their failure to bring witnesses to court.

Amarinder Singh and Vora had also accused Dhumal of having assets beyond his known sources of income.

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