"No one has a problem with any individual promoting his state or language. You promote Maharashtra, no one has problem with that, but don't interfere in the rights of others," Justice Manmohan Singh said.

The bench observed "everyone has their own rights and he (Thackeray) should not say such things against the people of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand."

During the hearing, Arunabh Chowdhury, counsel appearing for the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) head, said no prior sanction for prosecution from the Centre or the state was taken under section 196 of CrPC, before the magistrate took cognizance of the offence of promoting enmity between different groups against his client under sections 153 (a) and
153(b) of the IPC.

He argued that even the police has filed a closure report in the case but Magistrate rejected it and summoned Thackeray.

"This summoning order is bad in law and no requisite procedure was followed and is without any jurisdiction. This summoning order as well as the FIR lodged at Dwarka police station should be quashed," he added.

When the bench asked the counsel for Thackeray whether a probe is being carried out in the case, he replied in affirmative and said no hate speeches were given by his client in Azad Maidan or at any other instance.

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