Indian court orders lodging of FIR against Raj Thackeray

New Delhi: A court directed Delhi Police to lodge an FIR against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray for allegedly branding Muslims from north India as insurgents and threatening them to throw out of the state. Dispatch News Desk reported on Monday.

The court said it was “primary and bounden duty of the police to register FIR and proceed with investigation” but the authorities have “failed to discharge” their primary duty.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sameer Bajpai’s order came on a complaint by advocate Mithilesh Kumar Pandey who referred to a rally in Mumbai addressed by Thackeray, in which he allegedly blamed Muslims from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand for the August 11, 2012 violence during protests against the Assam riots.

The lawyer in his complaint has said that the accused in his political rally had repeatedly targeted these immigrants and even declared them as “insurgents” and also threatened them to be thrown out of Maharashtra. He further told the court that by the hate speech, the accused has prompted, disharmony and feelings of enmity, hatred, or ill-will between different communities particularly belonging to northern India on grounds of place of birth, residence, language, caste and community etc and has also insulted the particular community.