Mumbai: The order of a Bihar court to
attach properties of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray for
having failed to appear in a case pertaining to publishing a
`contemptuous` article in Sena mouthpiece Saamana was dubbed
as "joke of the century" by the party on Tuesday.
"The (court) order to attach the Sena chief`s property
is the joke of the century," Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay
Raut said, adding Thackeray has always shown respect for court
"As far as the property of the Sena chief is
concerned, the lakhs of Shiv Sainiks were his real property
and hands that touch it will get burnt," Raut said.
Sub-divisional Judicial Magistrate (Ara) SBM
Tripathy had yesterday ordered issue of warrant for attachment
of properties of Thackeray in connection with a complaint
lodged by lawyer Rajesh Kumar Singh on March 7, 2008.
Singh alleged that Thackeray published the article
in Saamana which had hurt the sentiments and feelings of
"crores of Biharis".
The attachment order was issued following successive
`failure` of the Sena supremo to appear before the court to
explain his position in compliance with summons on several