Ghaziabad court issues non-bail warrant on Raj Thackeray over hate speeches

A court in Ghaziabad near Delhi on Thursday issued a non-bailable warrant against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray for not appearing before it in connection with a case against him for allegedly inflammatory speeches against the people of Bihar.

The court of Additonal Chief Judicial Magistrate (Second) posted the matter for 18 June and ordered Thakeray to appear before it on that date. The court had earlier issued a bailable warrant against the MNS chief four times, but he failed to show up.

Devlal Prasad, a local lawyer, filed the case against Raj Thackeray on 27 September 2012 for an allegedly inflammatory speech against the people of Bihar. When Thackerey didn't appear before the court, Prasad sought the issuance of non-bailable against him.

Thackeray is known for his abrasive style of politics in Maharashtra, where he often targets minority communities, especially those making a living in Mumbai, of stealing the bread from the mouths of Maharashta locals or 'sons of the soil'.