Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray was arrested on Monday in a 2008 riot case after he surrendered before a local court which released him on bail on the condition that he would not make provocative speeches.
Raj was booked in a riot case along with seven others for alleged assault on north Indians who had come here to appear for railway recruitment examination on October 19 last year.
Raj surrendered before the Kalyan court in keeping with a directive of Bombay High Court, which on June 16 had set aside anticipatory bail granted to him by a lower court last year in the case.
Raj arrived at the court at around 10:45 am amid tight security and surrendered before the Government Railway Police (GRP).
“We arrested him and made an arrest panchanama and conducted the mandatory medical check-up on him and completed other arrest formalities,” said senior police inspector, Kalyan, Ashok Jhadhav.
After the arrest, Raj was again produced in the court which sent him to the judicial custody till July 13.
Meanwhile, Raj moved an application seeking bail.
Advocate Sayaji Nagre said, “Our main contention in the bail application was that already six months have been lapsed after the incident and other accused are presently on bail”.
The bail application also cited the high court observation while rejecting the anticipatory bail application: “There is no need for the custodial interrogation since considerable time had lapsed since the alleged offence took place.”
Granting bail on surety of Rs one lakh, the court directed Raj not to make any provocative speech that would disrupt law and order in the state or create enmity.