Hate speech case: Court to record statements against MNS chief
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Last Updated: Friday, May 21, 2010, 21:58
New Delhi: A court here has fixed June 29 for recording testimonies of five Delhi-based lawyers who have filed a complaint against MNS chief Raj Thackeray for allegedly making inflammatory remarks.

Metropolitan Magistrate Pritam Singh, to whom the case was recently transferred by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Pandey, would record the statements of the five complainants including Ashish Rai.

The case against the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief was filed on February 10.

The complaint seeks prosecution of Raj under various provisions of IPC dealing with attempting to wage war against the nation, promoting enmity between classes and making statements against national integration and public peace.

Citing newspaper clippings, the complaint alleged the leader, in his public speech at Dombiwali in Thane, had said "if demand for separate Maharashtra arises, I will not be responsible".

Besides Rai, advocates Durgesh Rai, S K Singh, Amrendra Singh and Tej Narain are the co-complainants.

"The said utterances have invoked a sense of hatred among the members of the society," they said.


First Published: Friday, May 21, 2010, 21:58

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