Warrants issued against Raj Thackeray

New Delhi, Sep 28: Spelling fresh trouble for Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, a Delhi court issued two non-bailable warrants (NBW) against him Saturday for humiliating the people of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

The court was hearing seven petitions against Thackeray.

Issuing the two NBWs, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Manish Yaduvanshi held that Thackeray was promoting enmity between different groups.

The application for initiating proceedings against Thackeray was made by lawyers Sudhir Kumar Ojha from Bihar and Sudhir Kumar from Jharkhand.

Ojha said that Thackeray humiliated people from Bihar and UP in a February 2008 speech by ridiculing Chhath Puja, which is celebrated with enthusiasm in the two states.

Various criminal cases were lodged against Raj Thackeray in Bihar and Jharkhand.

The Supreme Court later transferred the cases to the Delhi court after Thackeray raised concerns over his security.

The two NBWs came as a revival of the two earlier orders given by courts in Bihar and Jharkahand in 2008.

The Delhi magisterial court had, Aug 30, issued summons to Thackerey for Friday.

Thackrey skipped appearing in court and moved a petition seeking exemption from personal appearance.

IANS