The Mumbai police on Wednesday filed a 73-page chargesheet against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray and 20 party activists for violence during the Railway Recruitment Board exams at Chetana College, Bandra, in October last year.
The police have lined up 14 Maharashtrian witnesses — among them supervisors, college staff and police officers —to press the case against Thackeray. There are 32 witnesses in all.
According to the statements of witnesses, which are part of the charge sheet filed before the magistrate’s court, MNS activists barged into the college premises, raised slogans, tore question and answer sheets and assaulted some candidates. The MNS had then alleged that the Railways had not informed “locals” about the exams but had placed ads in newspapers in North India.
The accused have been booked under Sections 142, 144, 145 (all pertaining to unlawful assembly), 153 (A) (promoting enmity between groups), 153(B) (acts prejudicial to national integration), 336 (endangering life or safety), 342 (wrongful confinement), 352 (assault) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
Raj Thackeray stood near the witness box in the court, with the other accused standing behind him, and said ‘Ha’ when his name was called out.