Police give clean chit to Raj Thackeray

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Mumbai, Oct 16 (UNI) Police today gave a clean chit to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray for his involvement in starting any agitation, protest or provocation over putting up Marathi signboards on shops and other establishments across the state.

Making an affidavit before the division bench, headed by Chief Justice Sawtantra Kumar and Justice S A Bobde, Joint commissioner of police (Law and Order) K L Parsad said there was no direct evidence against Mr Thackery in the matter, but the activists of the MNS were involved in it and an action was initiated against them.

The MNS has also filed an affidavit contending that they were not involved in any illegal activities. But they have written the letters based upon the Bombay Shops and Establishment Act, according to which, the signboards of the shops and establishment should be in Marathi langauge.

It may be recalled that MNS had earlier issued a threatening letter to shopowners, asking them to put up Marathi signboards failing which they would ''teach them a lesson in their own way''.

Following this, the Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association (FRTWA) secretary Viren Shah had filed a petition seeking direction to take action against Raj Thackeray and MNS activists for circulating a threatening letter to the shopkeepers and asked the court to direct the police to take action against them.

After receiving the copy of the affidavits, Advocate Majeed Memon, appearing on behalf of FRTWA, told the court that he needs time to study them before the argument. His plea was granted by the court and adjourned the hearing on the petition till November 29.

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