HC restrains police from taking action against MNS leader

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Mumbai, Nov 18 (UNI) Bombay High Court today restrained Satara police from arresting a local MNS leader, who has been charged with inciting violence in the wake of Raj Thackeray's arrest last month.

A division bench consisting of Justice S B Mahse and Justice Amjad Sayed, in its order, however, asked the petitioner, MNS Satara district president Ranjit Bhosale, to appear before the police, whenever required at 24 hours' notice.

Police has registered a case under section 153 A of the IPC (promoting enmity between two groups) against Mr Bhosale following incidents of stone-pelting in Satara city on October 21, when MNS president Raj Thackeray was arrested at Ratnagiri.

Bhosale has approached the court seeking quashing of the case against him.

The Court observed that the evidence against Bhosale was of hearsay nature, and prima facie no case was made out against him.

Howver, the Court directed one police not to take any ''coercive action'' (like arresting) against him.

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