A local court in Madhya Pradesh has issued a bailable warrant against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, asking him to appear in court on February 12 in connection with a case related to insulting the national language.
On Monday, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mandsaur, RR Badodiya, issued the order following a public interest litigation by a social activist and lawyer Pukhraj Dashora.
A bailable warrant for Rs 25,000 was served on Thackeray.
The petitioner claimed that four MNS legislators had insulted the language when they did not allow Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi to take the oath in Hindi in the Maharashtra Assembly.
The chief judicial magistrate had sent fresh summons to MLAs Shishir Shinde, Ramesh Vanjale, Ram Kadam and Vasant Geete, as the previous ones could not be served on them. All four have been directed to appear in the court on February 12.
“Raj has not insulted Hindi but insulted the Rashtrabhasha [national language] which cannot be tolerated” Pukhraj told Hindustan Times.