'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' in trouble: 'Allahabadi Goonda' Markandey Katju hits out at Raj Thackeray's party, dares MNS for a 'dangal'

Former supreme Court justice Markandey Katju has now targeted Raj Thackeray's party MNS over its threat to block the release of Karan Johar's ADHM.

'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' in trouble: 'Allahabadi Goonda' Markandey Katju hits out at  Raj Thackeray's party, dares MNS for a 'dangal'

Mumbai: Former supreme Court justice Markandey Katju, who is known for his forthright views on controversial issues, has now jumped into the bitter controversy over Pakistani artists performing in the country at a time when the ties between India and Pakistan have hit an all-time low after terror attack in Uri and Army's counter surgical strikes last month.

The former apex court justice has now targeted politician Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, which has threatening to block the release of noted film producer Karan Johar's upcoming film "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" which stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.

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Expressing his views on Twitter, Justice Katju, who also headed the Press Council of India, said, ''MNS people are goondas who have drunk the salt water of the Arabian Sea. I am an Allahabadi goonda, who has drunk the water of the Sangam.''

Here is what he tweeted.

The outspoken jurist also dared MNS chief to come and have an open fight (dangal) with him to prove who is a bigger goonda.

Katju had been in news last year for making a series of controversial statements on cow slaughter and beef consumption as possession and sale of beef were made illegal.

In a Facebook post, he recently wrote that he had a "danda" (stick) with which he wished to hit those who made a fuss over the issue of cow slaughter and beef.

This time, his has joined the growing chorus by a section in the film fraternity, which is opposed to the MNS calls to block the 'ADHM' film, which is slated to be released during Diwali.

Today, former Indian cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar also hit out at the MNS for issuing threats to vandalise cinemas and multiplexes that will screen the film.

"One MLA party, MNS, not learning their lessons. With threats of vandalism, etc. they are certain to be a zero-MLA party next elections," Mr Manjrekar tweeted, entering the field of MNS-bashers.

The MNS reacted by questioning Mr Manjrekar's credentials to speak on the issue. "At least we have one MLA... On what basis is he talking like this," MNS vice-president Vageesh Saraswat questioned.

On Tuesday, Karan Johar made an emotional video statement, pledging to stop working with Pakistani artistes and pleading the cause of his film.