A court in western Maharashtra’s Sangli district granted a non-bailable notice against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) head Raj Thackeray in relation to a 14-year-old case.
Mr Thackeray was arrested in 2008 under sections 109 and 117 of the IPC (abetment of crime) for allegedly making provocative statements.
Judicial Magistrate, First Class in Shirala in Sangli district issued the non-bailable warrant on April 6 and directed the Mumbai police commissioner to arrest the MNS head and bring him before the court.
As per assistant public prosecutor Jyoti Patil, the judge issued the warrant against Mr Thackeray and another MNS leader, Shirish Parkar, through the Mumbai police commissioner and the Kherwadi police station, respectively, because they failed to appear before the court during the case proceeding.
She stated that the court has directed police to carry out the warrant by June 8 and bring both leaders before the court.
MNS members protested Mr Thackeray’s detention in Shirala in 2008 as part of an effort to give preference to local youngsters in jobs.
According to a local MNS official, there is a government guideline that specifies political cases filed previous to 2012 must be dropped. However, as Mr Thackeray addressed the problem of loudspeakers atop mosques, this matter is being raised, he noted.