The Apex Court also allowed their plea for exemption from personal appearance in the case before the trial court which is scheduled to take up the matter on February 20. However, it came with a rider with the court saying that it would be open for the Magistrate at any stage to seek their personal appearance as and when required.

Though BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who is the complainant in the case, contested the plea for exemption from appearance, a bench comprising justices JS Khehar and C Nagappan said that "in the peculiar facts and circumstances of this case and the position occupied by the petitioners, we are of the view that the presence of the petitioners before the trial court would cause more inconvenience than convenience."

"Petitioners shall be exempted from personal appearance and it is needless to say that it will be open for the trial court to seek their presence at any stage if and when their presence is required," the court cited.

The bench, which passed the order after hearing senior advocates Kapil Sibal, A M Singhvi and RS Cheema, who were appearing for Gandhis and others, and Swamy, said, "So far determination granted by the Delhi High Court in rejecting theprayer for quashing the proceedings against the petitioner, we do not find justification for interfering with it."

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