Jharkhand High Court has allowed a lower court to hear cases against MNS chief Raj Thackeray for his alleged remarks against north-Indians, rejecting the leader's plea to transfer the case to itself or Mumbai High Court.
Justice Amersehwar Sahay, who reserved his order on Thursday, gave permission to the court of chief judicial magistrate, Jamshedpur, on Friday to hear the cases against Thackeray under IPC 298 (hurting one's religious sentiments) and IPC 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot).
The directive came after Thackeray's counsel pleaded for transfer of the case to Jharkhand High Court or Mumbai High Court.
The petitioner, advocate Hameed Razza Khan, had alleged before the Jamshedpur court that the Maharastra Navnirman Sena president had hurt the sentiments of the people of Bihar by passing adverse remarks against them and challenging them to perform 'chhath puja' in the western metropolis.
The High Court also directed Thackeray's counsel to seek permission from the lower court for the transfer of the case.
The petitioner field a complaint in Jamshedpur civil court in May against Thackeray seeking issuing of an arrest warrant against him for his failure to turn up before it even after issuance of a notice.