CHENNAI: An Alandur court on Wednesday dismissed a petition from P.J. Joseph, former Kerala Minister of Public Works, seeking exemption from personal appearance in court in a case relating to his alleged misbehaviour with a woman air passenger.

The former Minister had filed a petition under Section 205 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in the court of N. Ramanathan, Judicial Magistrate, seeking exemption from personal appearance, as frequent trips to Chennai was affecting his health. The former Minister was to attend court proceedings on Wedne sday, but did not turn up. Mr. Ramanathan, while dismissing his plea seeking exemption from personal appear ance, informed the advocates that if the former Minister was unable to come to court, a petition under Section 317 of the Criminal Procedure Code could be filed mentioning the reason for his absence. — Special Correspondent