SC refuses to entertain PIL against Raj Thackeray

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New Delhi, Nov 29 (UNI) The Supreme Court has refused to entertain a PIL seeking directions to the Election Commission(EC) to derecognise Maharashtra Navnirman Sena(MNS) headed by Raj Thackeray for indulging in divisive politics by launching a violent 'hate campaign' against the north Indians.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices P Sathasivam and J M Panchal yesterday told the petitioner Prince Lenin, an advocate, to approach the EC and the appropriate government operatives for the relief he was seeking from this court.

The petitioner had urged the court to order the recovery of the damages from Raj Thackeray for the loss of public and private properties during his agitation which posed a grave threat to the national integrity and security.

Mr Lenin also prayed to order the arrest of the MNS chief under National Security Act(NSA) and a ban on his party.

The apex court, however, permitted the petitioner to withdraw his petition and dismissed it as withdrawn.

The apex court had also earlier refused to entertain similar petitions.

The Supreme Court, however, issued notices to the Maharashtra government on a petition seeking adequate protection to the lives and properties of north Indians, especially the people from Bihar.

UNI SC JT HS1918

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