he proceedings in the Aircel-Maxis deal case involving former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and others moved at a snail's pace in the special court with CBI still entangling in the process of executing summons issued against four accused based in Malaysia. Though Singh got relief from the Supreme Court which on April 1 stayed the March 11 order of special CBI court summoning him to appear as accused in a coal block allocation scam case, Congress supremo and her son appeared in the Patiala House courts after failing to get relief from the Delhi High Court. Apart from the mother-son duo, Congress leaders Moti Lal Vora, Oscar Fernandes and Suman Dubey also had to appear as accused in the court. The sixth accused, Sam Pitroda, was granted exemption from personal appearance and was directed to appear in court on the next hearing on February 20 along with others. Similar was the scene two days later on December 21 when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley came to Patiala House Courts along with several union ministers and BJP leaders to file a criminal defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders for allegedly making defamatory statements against him regarding the affairs of Delhi's cricket body DDCA. year saw many politicians including former MP and industrialist Naveen Jindal, former ministers of state for coal Dasari Narayan Rao and Santosh Bagrodia, and Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda facing the heat in coal scam cases. The ghost of Coalgate kept haunting Manmohan Singh as demands were regularly raised either to summon him as accused or witness in one or the other case arising out of it and former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, an accused in one of the cases, unsuccessfully made an attempt in this regard. Cases related to the high and mighty including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh dominated proceedings in 2015 in Delhi courts with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul also appearing as accused in the National Herald case.
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