Court grants interim relief to Raj till Oct 24

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Kalyan, Oct 22 (UNI) Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray was finally a free man today after a local Metropolitan Magistrate's court granted him interim relief till October 24 in a case filed under jurisdiction of the Government Railway Police (GRP).

Earlier, Raj was granted cash bail in a rioting and assault case, registered with the Manpada police station in Thane district.

After getting bail in the Manpada case, Thackeray's advocate came to know that the GRP had come to take custody of the MNS chief.

Raj's advocate then moved an Anticipatory Bail Application (ABA) in the same court. After a lengthy argument, the court granted him interim relief till October 24.

Earlier, amid tight security arrangements, Raj Thackeray was produced before Metropolitan Magistrate D A Jadhav at 1430 hrs.

Initially, the court remanded Raj in Judicial Custody till November five.

Subsequently, Thackeray's advocate filed a bail application, on which the Magistrate granted him a cash bail of Rs 15,000.

Mr Thackeray was arrested in Ratnagiri in the early hours of yesterday by a police team from Kherwadi police station in suburban Bandra on charges of attacking candidates from north India, who were here to appear for a Railway Recruitment Board Examination on October 19.

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