Mumbai: Owing to the mistakes committed by the Congress led Maharashtra state government, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray has been given a clean chit in a case filed against him in February 2008 for inciting violence in Mumbai through his provocative speech against north-Indian migrants based in the metropolis.

The court had to reserve its order on the grounds that no chargesheet was filed in the offence for nearly four years and even the police had not taken mandatory sanction for prosecution from the state government before registering a case against him.

In 2008 Raj was arrested for promoting enmity between groups, after he launched a campaign against north-Indians settled in the metropolis. Raj was later produced before a Vikhroli court in north-east Mumbai, where his lawyers initially refuted the charges but applied for conditional bail after the court remanded Raj to judicial custody. He was later released on bail.

However, during this time the Mumbai police failed to file a chargesheet against the MNS leader.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Samajwadi Party state chief Abu Asim Azmi taking a dig at MNS and the Congress said, “The MNS and the Congress are hand in glove on the issue. The Congress is supporting Raj because they want to bank on the Congress-NCP alliance.”

(JPN/ Bureau)