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Mumbai court fines Bal Thackeray
August 17, 2007 18:59 IST
A Mumbai sessions court on Friday fined Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray Rs 500 for failing to be present at a hearing. The court also gave Thackeray an ultimatum to be present before it on August 21, failing which it would pass an ex-parte order in the case.
Munna Tripathi, a member of the Nationalist Congress Party, had filed a case against Thackeray last year. According to Tripathi, Thackeray's article in his party mouthpiece Saamna was provocative and aimed to cause communal disharmony.
Earlier, a bailable warrant had been issued against Thackeray in connection with the case.
The Sena supremo had sought a stay against the warrant through his counsel. However, he did not appear in person for the hearing, in spite of the court specifically asking him to be present.