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HC restores contempt plea against Raj Thackeray

Bombay High Court on Wednesday restored a contempt petition against MNS chief Raj Thackeray over his alleged remarks against the court last year. Division bench of Justices P V Hardas and Mridula Bhatkar restored the petition filed by advocate Ezaj Naqvi, seeking action against Raj for contempt of court. The petition had been dismissed earlier as Naqvi failed to appear before the court.

The bench on Wednesday also directed Union ministries of law and judiciary and Information and Broadcasting to file their replies by June. The state Advocate General has already given a nod for initiating action. While the Union Law Ministry has to give its opinion, the I&B Ministry was made respondent.

According to Naqvi, Raj had referred to a Bombay High Court decision of February 2012 as ‘partisan’.

The HC, on 5 February last year, rejected a petition filed by MNS seeking permission to hold a rally at Shivaji Park, on the ground that the area fell under ‘silence zone’.
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