Raj not to be arrested till November 11
In a relief to MNS leader Raj Thackeray, a sessions court asks the Railway police of Kalyan not to arrest him till November 11.india Updated: Oct 24, 2008 22:18 IST
In a relief to MNS leader Raj Thackeray, the sessions court on Friday asked the Railway police of Kalyan not to arrest him till November 11.
The Kalyan sessions court today granted the interim relief to Raj Thackeray till November 11.
Raj has filed an anticipatory bail application before the court in connection with the charge of destruction of railway property against his party workers at Kalyan station on October 19.
Special Public Prosecutor Rohini Salian told the Additional Sessions Judge KK Tantrapale that she wanted time to file a reply to Raj's application.
She also requested the court to direct Raj to remain present during the final hearing of anticipatory bail plea.
"Is your (police) machinery ready for that?" the judge asked Salian, adding that on October 22, when Raj was produced in the magistrate's court (in the same premises) for case of assault on railway board exam candidates at Dombivali, MNS workers entered into premises and shouted slogans but police were not there.
Salian assured the court that police were ready.
The judge then postponed the hearing till November 11 when the prosecution will file its reply. Interim protection from arrest granted to Raj on October 22 was extended till then.
The judge also made it clear that Raj will go to the General Railway Police's office at Kalyan as and when required and will not talk to media regarding the case or give public speeches.
Raj was not present for the hearing today. Court said it would decide on November 11 as to whether his presence was needed for final hearing. His lawyer have requested the court that he be exempted from appearance.
Raj was arrested by Mumbai police on October 21 with regard to case of rioting by MNS workers at Kherwadi, suburban Bandra, at the venue of railway board examination.
He secured bail on the same day, but then Dombivali police whisked him away in connection with similar case in their jurisdiction.
On October 22, Kalyan magistrate granted him bail. Before GRP could seek his custody in another case, Raj's lawyer moved anticipatory bail, and obtained direction from the Kalyan sessions court that Raj should not be arrested till bail application is heard.
Raj's lawyer Rajendra Shirodkar told reporters today that he might move the Bombay High Court in a day or two, seeking to club all the cases against him and assign a single court.
Police have registered over 50 cases against MNS across the state since October 19, when alleged MNS workers thrashed candidates from North India who had come to Mumbai and Thane to take railway examination.
Raj's lawyers fear that police might seek his custody in several of these cases, one after another.