The court of first class judicial magistrate AK Tiwary on Wednesday directed the Police Commissioner of Mumbai to implement a non-bailable arrest warrant against Raj Thackeray.
The court asked the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief to appear on November 17, for the next hearing. A copy of the warrant has been sent to the Mumbai Police Commissioner.
Thackeray is accused of making anti-Bihari and anti-north Indian remarks in Mumbai last year. City advocate Hamid Raza Khan had lodged complaint, alleging Thackeray’s “incendiary remarks” hurt his sentiments and threatened peace across the country.
The court rejected the defence counsel’s three petitions seeking relief on different grounds. In first petition, the cousel sought to quash the case in Jharkhand under Section 210 of CrPC, arguing that a case of similar nature is being heard in Maharashtra.
In the second petition, Thackeray’s counsel raised the issue of territorial jurisdiction under Section 177 of CrPC, arguing that the incidents related to the case were reported to have taken place in Maharashtra, so it should be transferred outside Jharkhand.
In the third petition, under Section 317 of CrPC, the court’s permission was sought to allow Thackeray’s attendance in hearings through his lawyers.