The Supreme Court on Friday transferred seven criminal cases registered against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray in Jharkhand and Bihar to Delhi.
A bench allowed Thackeray’s plea of transferring the cases and said: “All cases will be heard in Delhi’s Tis Hazari court.”
The cases were registered against Thackeray in 2009 for allegedly making defamatory speeches against north Indians staying in Maharashtra and triggering disharmony between two communities through his inflammatory speeches.
Five cases were registered in Jharkhand, while two in Bihar. Thackeray was also facing non-bailable warrants (NBW) in one of the cases in Jharkhand.
The MNS chief challenged the NBWs before SC and also sought transfer of cases to neighbouring states of Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka or any courts in the country.
The complainants didn’t oppose Thackeray’s plea. Their counsel, Ajit Kumar Sinha was, however, against the cases being heard in Maharashtra or Goa.