15 Nov : MNS chief Raj Thackeray was on Saturday arrested and released on bail by a court in Mumbai in connection with a case registered in a Jamshedpur court accusing him of inciting violence against North Indians.
The 40-year-old leader was arrested from his suburban Dadar residence this afternoon and produced before the Mazgaon Sessions Court amid tight security following a non-bailable warrant issued by the Jamshedpur court last month after he failed to appear before it.
The court granted bail to Raj on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 after his lawyers Ashok Mundargi and Rajendra Shirodkar contended that he had been booked under bailable offences and should be granted relief in the case.
Mundargi informed the court that the non-bailable offence of spreading and inciting violence between two groups has been quashed by the Ranchi High court.
"The only non-bailable offence charged on Raj was quashed by the Ranchi High Court last week and thus he is now liable for bail," he said.
The prosecution had sought a transit remand of Raj, which the court turned down observing that they had not produced the required documents along with the warrant.
Following today’s direction, Raj need not appear before the Jamshedpur court on 17th November as directed by it and can pursue the case either in the Jamshedpur court or the Ranchi High Court.
The court had observed that transit remand cannot be allowed as the prosecution has only submitted the non-bailable warrant issued by the court and not other documents like the complain and case diary.
Raj’s lawyer told the court that the MNS chief would not be able to appear before the court in Jamshedpur due to security reasons.