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Vijayakant seeks exemption from personal appearance in defamation case

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DMDK founder Vijayakant at the District and Sessions Court in Udhagamandalam on Thursday.— Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
DMDK founder Vijayakant at the District and Sessions Court in Udhagamandalam on Thursday.— Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Accompanied by a battery of lawyers from Chennai and other places and scores of supporters, Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) founder and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Vijayakant appeared before District and Sessions Judge R. Premkumar here on Thursday, in a defamation case filed against him for alleged remarks against Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at a public meeting here in August.

Mr. Vijayakant’s lawyers requested the judge to exempt him from personal appearance henceforth.

After hearing both sides, Mr. Premkumar adjourned the case to January 23. Later speaking to reporters, Mr. Vijayakant said so far such cases had been filed against him in nine districts.

He was prepared to face them even if they were filed in all districts.

It had been a month since he sought an appointment with the Chief Minister to highlight issues related to his constituency but was yet to hear from her.

Opposition parties should not be viewed as enemies and their criticism should be taken in the right spirit.

Saying that his policy was to face challenges, even elections, alone, he said that the DMDK would emerge victorious even if it contested from all 40 constituencies in the next Lok Sabha elections. Alliances could be considered only at the time of elections.

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