"There is nothing to reflect why the accused (Kejriwal, Sisodia and Yadav) have not appeared. Accused have no respect for law. Considering no one has appeared for accused, I am keeping the matter pending at 2PM. Call at 2PM," Metropolitan Magistrate Mayuri Singh said after the trio failed to comply with court's order that they were to "positively" appear on Tuesday.

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Hours after the court rejected their plea for exemption from personal appearance for the day citing lawyers' strike, the Chief Minister, Deputy CM and Yadav showed up before the Magistrate who marked their presence and fixed the case for May 2 for pronouncing order on the issue of whether to frame charges against the accused.
    
Kejriwal and Sisodia reached the court room together at around 1.45 pm while AAP leader Yogendra Yadav arrived few minutes later.
    
The presence of the Chief Minister resulted in over crowding of the court room and the premises prompting the magistrate to ask the onlookers to vacate the room.


    
On the arrival of the three leaders, the police barricaded the premises and the court room, which was already filled with advocates, litigants, mediapersons and staff of other courts, was latched from inside.
    
The case was put up before link magistrate Singh as Metropolitan Magistrate Muneesh Garg, before whom the matter was going on, was on leave on Tuesday.

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"As the presiding officer (before whom the case is going on) is on leave, I will fix the case for the purpose already fixed and will give you the date.
    
"I have marked the presence of the three accused, they can leave," the magistrate said.

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