New Delhi, Nov 6: The Supreme Court on Thursday, Nov 6 directed a petitioner, who has filed a PIL seeking the arrest of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray under National Security Act (NSA) and also demanding a judicial probe by a sitting apex court judge into the killings of Rahul Raj and Dharamdev Rai, to suitably amend his petition to involve the Centre under Article 355 of the Constitution of India. A bench comprising Justices B N Agrawal and G S Singhvi while fixing Nov 10 for hearing of the petition filed by an advocate Sanjiv Kumar Singh directed that this petition be tagged with another petition which is already fixed for hearing on Nov 10.
The Supreme Court had earlier told the other petitioner Salekchand Jain that this problem can be solved through political will and not through court orders.
Under Article 355, the Central government can seek report from the state government for its failure to protect the lives and property of the citizens and may intervene if it is satisfied that the constitutional machinary in the state has broken down and can invoke Article 356 to impose President's Rule in the state to bring the situation under control.
The MNS chief has been continuing with violent hate campaign against North Indians especially people from Bihar in Maharashtra.
On Oct 18, candidates from North India were badly thrashed by the MNS goons, when they had gone to appear in the Railway departmental test.