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Sedition case against Thackerays, Bihar court issues arrest orders

india Updated: Sep 07, 2012 02:04 IST
Ajay Kumar
Ajay Kumar
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Taking cognisance of a complaint against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray and Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on charges of making inflammatory speeches against migrants from Bihar, a Muzaffarpur court on Thursday directed the district police to arrest the two.

The order came in response to a complaint by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha seeking action against them for their hate speeches. In the complaint, the duo has been accused of seditious utterances.

Hearing the case on Thursday, chief judicial magistrate SP Singh also directed the Muzaffarpur senior superintendent of police to lodge an FIR against the Thackeray cousins and to institute an inquiry into the matter.

Giving details of the court deliberations, Ojha, a Muzaffarpur civil court advocate, said, “The court has admitted the matter under sections 124A, 153, 153A, 504 and 120B, which relate to sedition and giving provocative statements with intent to cause riot, among other things.”

In his complaint, Ojha

claimed that their statements were inimical to the unity and integrity of the country and were an attempt to malign the people of Bihar.

A case was also filed in Gopalganj against Sena chief patriarch Bal Thackeray, Uddhav and Raj accusing them of making provocative speeches.

Petitions have also been filed in Bhagalpur, Nalanda and West Champaran courts besides, in other districts of Bihar over the past few days.

(With agency inputs)