Court rejects Raj Thackeray's exemption petition

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Jamshedpur, Nov 17 (UNI) A local court today rejected the exemption petition of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena(MNS) supremo Raj Thackeray to give him relief from personal appearance here in a case related to the ''indecent remarks'' made against the Biharis and their Chhath festival.

First class Judicial Magistrate A K Tiwary rejected the plea of the counsel of Raj asking for his exemption from personal appearance on the ground that the Manzgaon Court in Maharashtra had granted him bail and allowed the exemption.

The Court observed that the related supporting documents, including a copy of the bail order, were not produced before it.

It ordered the cousels of the MNS chief to produce the related documents before the next date of hearing on December 1.

A local advocate Hamid Raza had filed the case on February 2, alleging that Mr Thackeray had ''used foul language'' against the Biharis and the Chhath festival, thus hurting their sentiments.

The Court issued a non-bailable warrant on September 30 and asked the Mumbai Police Commissioner to produce Thackeray before it by November 17.

Thackeray reportedly appeared before the Manzgaon court in this connection and claimed to have got bail and exemption order.

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