28 September 2012

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NBW non-bailable warrants against Raj Thackeray MNS chief issued

NBW non-bailable warrants against Raj Thackeray MNS chief issued

Year Case Started – 2008
Year Case still not started – 2012

In 2008, the MNS chief Raj Thackeray had allegedly termed 'Chhath pooja', a Hindu festival celebrated especially in Bihar, a "drama" and "show of numerical strength".

Non-bailable warrants were first issued against the MNS chief Raj Thackeray by courts in Jamshedpur and Muzaffarpur on December 16, 2008 and November 11, 2009 respectively.
After that, MNS chief pleaded in Supreme Court of India that he could not appear before the courts due to a threat to his life.

Last year, the Supreme Court transferred the cases against him to Delhi's Tis Hazari court.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Manish Yaduvanshi ordered the issuance of non-bailable warrants, returnable by November 17, against Mr. Thackeray as he failed to appear before the court in response to summons issued on August 31.

Judge said that Mr. Thackeray's request for grant of exemption cannot be sustained as "instead of applying for recall of NBWs (issued by Bihar and Jharkhand courts) and physically appearing and seeking bail, the accused has sought exemption." "Let fresh NBWs be issued against the accused,"

In the court in Delhi today, his counsel sought exemption saying he could not come "due Ganesh Utsav and security reasons."

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