Hate speech case: Court to record statements against MNS chief

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.

PTI



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

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