Anti-N Indian tirade: HC quashes FIR against Raj

In a major relief for Raj Thackeray, Bombay HC quashed a case against him for delivering speech against north-Indians which allegedly led to violence.

Mumbai: In a major relief for Maharashtra
Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, Bombay High Court
today quashed a 2008 case registered against him for
delivering a speech against north-Indians which allegedly led
to violence in the city.

Raj had been accused of "promoting enmity between two
groups", under sections 117, 151 and 153 (a) of the Indian
Penal Code. He had been arrested by suburban Vikhroli police
and released on bail the same day.

Raj had approached the High Court, seeking that the case
be quashed, as the police had not taken the mandatory sanction
from the state government before initiating action.
Accepting the arguments of Thackeray`s lawyers Rajendra
Shirodkar and Shayaji Nangare, the division bench of Justices
V M Kanade and P D Kode today set aside the FIR.

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