Raj Thackeray not to seek anticipatory bail: MNS
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena on Tuesday said their chief Raj Thackeray, who is facing possible arrest for making provocative statements against north Indians, will not seek anticipatory bail.
"The MNS Chief has decided that he would not seek any anticipatory bail," a party spokesman said.
Police on Monday gave an indication that Thackeray and SP leader Abu Asim Azmi will be arrested for making provocative statements, which resulted in incidents of violence across the city last week.
"The cases have been registered on the basis of certain evidence and arrest is mandatory," Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) KL Prasad said on Monday.
Prasad, while refusing to disclose when the arrests would be made, said the charges under which Thackeray and Azmi had been booked were non-bailable and cognisable.
The city police had registered cases against Thackeray and Azmi on Sunday night at separate police stations under sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 153 A (promoting enmity between groups on the basis of place of birth, residence, etc), 153 B (assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 117 (abetting the commission of an offence by the public), he said.