Delhi court issues production warrant against activist Medha Patkar

The warrant seeking production of the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activist was issued after she failed to appear before court in defamation cases filed by her and KVIC Chairman against each other.

Published: 17th August 2017 05:23 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th August 2017 05:23 PM   |  A+A-

Medha Patkar (File | PTI)


NEW DELHI: A Delhi court today issued a warrant seeking production of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activist Medha Patkar who failed to appear before it in defamation cases filed by her and KVIC Chairman V K Saxena against each other.     

Metropolitan Magistrate Ashok Kumar issued the warrant against Patkar after a proxy counsel appearing for her sought exemption from personal appearance on the ground that she was arrested by the Indore Police last week and sent to jail.     

The court fixed the matter for further hearing on September 21.     

Patkar's plea was opposed by advocate Mahipal Ahluwalia, representing Saxena, President of Ahmedabad-based NGO National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL), who argued that she has repeatedly remained absent for hearings.     

The counsel sought a copy of the exemption application and apprised the court about the non-bailable warrant issued against Patkar on the last date of hearing and imposition of Rs 10,000 as costs on her.    She was also granted a final opportunity by the court to appear before it, he told the magistrate.     

"It has to be ascertained whether she has paid the amount or not," Saxena's counsel said.     

The magistrate had on August 3 imposed Rs 10,000 as costs on Patkar for her repeated failure to appear before the court while warning her that he would dismiss her complaint against Saxena if she again failed to appear.

The court had on June 26 warned Patkar to be "careful in future" and had cancelled the non-bailable warrant issued against her on May 29 for her non-appearance. It had in January 2015 also imposed Rs 3,000 as costs on Patkar for non-appearance, giving her the "last and final opportunity" to present herself before it.     

Patkar and Saxena have been embroiled in a legal battle since 2000 after she filed a suit against him for publishing advertisements against her and the NBA. Saxena, in turn, had filed two cases against her for making derogatory statements.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp