A court of first class judicial magistrate of Muzaffarpur on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray for making “hate speeches” against Biharis.
Taking exception to Thackeray’s non-compliance of the court’s order to represent his side on previous dates, First Class Judicial Magistrate Sahab Kaushar directed the Mumbai police commissioner to arrest and produce him before the court on November 2.
Last year, Senior Advocate Sudhir Ojha filed a complaint in court against Thackeray for “charitable, insulting and hate speeches” against people who celebrate Chhat festival. The case was referred to first class judicial magistrate’s court for a probe. The court issued summons to Thackeray under bailable sections and asked the metropolitan magistrate of Mumbai to ensure his presence on March 5. But Thackeray failed to turn up.
“We have not received any such warrant and would not comment unless we read it,” said party General Secretary Nitin Sardesai.
Mumbai Police Commissioner D. Sivanandhan said he had not yet received any court directive. “Once we get the directive, necessary action will be taken,” he said.