The Bombay high court on Tuesday sought replies from the law and judiciary, and information and broadcasting Union ministries following a contempt petition against MNS chief Raj Thackeray.
A division bench of justice PV Hardas and justice AR Joshi was hearing a petition filed by advocate Ejaz Naqvi seeking contempt action to be initiated against Raj Thackeray for comments he allegedly made against the judiciary at a rally.
The petition states that Raj had referred to a Bombay high court decision as “partisian”.
The court had on February 5 rejected a petition filed by MNS seeking permission to hold a political rally at Shivaji Park since the venue is in a silence zone.
According to the contempt petition, soon after the high court decision, Raj, in a speech, referred to the decision of the high court as partisan, which is a sign of disrespect to the court.
“The aforesaid remark scandalises the high court and tends to lower its authority and dignity. The remark cast an unwarranted aspersion of partiality against the Bombay high court,” the petition states.
The court has asked the Union ministries to file its reply within three weeks.