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SC to hear Srikrishna report case on September 26
The Srikrishna commission, set up to probe the 1992-1993 riots and the subsequent serial bomb blasts in Bombay, had accused Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray of inciting communal frenzy through his writings and directives to party workers.

Task force to implement Srikrishna report
The Maharashtra Government has set up a 10-member special task force to implement recommendations of the Srikrishna commission.

'What Thackeray has seen is only the trailer': PTI
Maharashtra Home Minister Chhagan Bhujbal said the government would see to it that the Sena chief was made to account for all his alleged misdeeds.

Bombay HC admits plea against Thackeray
After hearing the prosecution's case on Tuesday, Justice Vishnu Sahai of the Bombay high court stated that the matter was "highly arguable" and admitted the petition.

Bombay HC to hear Thackeray case on Aug 8
Senior government counsel P R Vakil mentioned the matter this afternoon for urgent circulation before Justice Vishnu Sahai who decided to hear the arguments of the state and the respondents on August 8.

Govt challenges magistrate's order discharging Thackeray
The state has retained P R Vakil to argue the matter. The appeal is likely to come up before Justice Vishnu Sahai soon, high court sources said.

Breakdown in telecom services in Bombay to be probed
The probe order came soon after Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena Members of Parliament from Maharashtra complained to Union Minister of Communications Ram Vilas Paswan Wednesday that the telecom network was disrupted by local telecom officials with the connivance of Congress party workers and local police.

Sena men's security will not be restored
Bombay Police Commissioner M N Singh said the force had successfully discharged its responsibility of keeping the peace in the city during the tense run-up to the arrest and discharge of Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray.

Jethmalani threatens to go public
The former Union law minister said he would carry out his threat if he was not allowed to make a statement in the Rajya Sabha.

Thackeray is arrested, taken to court
At Matoshri, his home in Bandra in north-west Bombay, dramatic scenes preceded his arrest when a team from the Dadar police station went to take him into custody.

If I get bail it is well and good: Thackeray
The people have been living in fear and anxiety for the last ten days, and hence I have decided to take this step to rein in this panic situation somewhere, Thackeray told newsmen in the morning.

Bombay shudders as Thackeray is arrested
As news of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's arrest spread, stray reports of violence, shops downing their shutters etc, have started tricking in from across Bombay.

Court throws out case, says it's time-barred
The court proceedings lasted just 45 minutes. The ruling was greeted with joyous shouting of slogans by Shiv Sainiks both inside and outside the court.

Maharashtra govt will move higher court
Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said his government has enough evidence to proceed against Thackeray in the riots case.

Bhujbal should quit: Thackeray
"Lakhoba (his epithet for Bhujbal) has no shame. He should resign if he has any shame," said the Sena chief speaking to presspersons as he emerged out of the court.

Bombay telephones go 'dead'
Telephone lines in Bombay went 'dead' for more than two hours on Tuesday in a majority of the electronic exchanges shortly before the appearance of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in a city court.

Thackeray "arrest": In Real Video

The Arrest and After
A visual record of a dramatic day for Bombay.

Sena ministers take back resignations
At a press conference in Bombay soon after the court's ruling, Joshi and Prabhu said they were happy with the court's decision, and would be resuming work from Wednesday.

Sena legislators go berserk in Maharashtra assembly
The BJP's Raj Purohit picked up the silver mace from the speaker's table while Sena members Sanjay Band, Gulab Patil, Bala Nandgaonkar and others broke chairs and threw some papers in the air.

State govt bungled, say supporters, opponents
'The government deliberately did not make the necessary submissions before the court. It was never interested in pursuing the case because it knew its case was unsustainable,' says Adhik Shirodkar, Thackeray's defence counsel.

I believe what I did was right, says Bhujbal
'Thackeray had always stated that he won't go to court or be arrested. But we have proved our point by arresting him and showed to the people of Maharashtra that nobody is above the law,' Bhujbal added.

I told them so, says Jethmalani
The former Union law minister said he felt vindicated by the dismissal of the case against Bal Thackeray.

BJP criticises Bhujbal's 'personal vendetta'
BJP said that the decision to arrest Thackeray was the result of the personal agenda of a single individual and demanded Bhujbal's resignation.

Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan!
A strange thing happened when the Thackeray case came up for hearing. All phone lines in the city were jammed. Some policemen claimed it was done to prevent rumours from spreading.

Unprecedented chaos in Maharashtra assembly
Twelve Shiv Sena MLAs were suspended from the Maharashtra assembly for one year and six months respectively after they damaged the speaker's chair and microphones on Tuesday.

'On the face of it, there is no need to arrest'
'Arrest would be violative of the principles of Constitutional jurisprudence laid down by the Supreme Court in the Joginder Kumar vs State of UP case,' feels advocate Shrikant Bhat.

'The Srikrishna Commission report is on the way'
'Since the last 30 years Thackeray was roaring that the police cannot arrest me. Today, the police arrested him and produced him before the court. I think that is the biggest victory.' Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal tells Sheela Bhatt.

'There must be no violence whatever the provocation'
'I have told my followers to maintain peace and calm under all circumstances so that the people are not put to any inconvenience just because of the vindictiveness and sadism of an individual,' says Thackeray.

'In no case, is arrest compulsory'
Advocate Shrikant Bhat provides a ready reckoner to the legal issues involved in the Bal Thackeray case.

Maharashtra's Political Rivalry No 1
Bhujbal by seeking to prosecute Thackeray has done what so many Congress governments didn't have the courage to even contemplate.

Shiv Sena members to attend Parliament
Sena's parliamentary party leader Anant Gite said Monday that the party MPs would be meeting daily to review the situation.

Jethmalani blames AG for resignation, Sorabjee refutes
Ram Jethmalani said his resignation had nothing to do with the observations made by the Chief Justice of India or the case against Bal Thackeray.

Jethmalani wanted to preserve support in Sena, claims BJP leader
Senior law ministry officials said Attorney General Sorabjee had warned Prime Minister Vajpayee that by making such statements, Jethmalani was not doing any service to the government.

Bombay police receives prosecution order
Bombay Police Commissioner M N Singh said the next step would be to file a chargesheet in the court against Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. He said that the legal process will be completed by next week.

Ram Jethmalani unhappy with PM
Ram Jethmalani said Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had to choose between a pliant Attorney General and a no-nonsense law minister.

Union Law Minister Jethmalani resigns
A senior minister around 1630 IST conveyed the PMOs message to Jethmalani, who was in Pune. The minister sent in his resignation letter at 1830, which was forwarded to the President.

Thackeray says he will abide by the law
The Sena chief said he had immense respect for Thackeray and Advani and would not like to destabilise their government.

Centre under pressure from Sena: Deshmukh
The Maharashtra chief minister Saturday accused the Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party combine of politicising the case against Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.

Maharashtra government determined to maintain law and order: PTI
The attempts of those threatening to come out on the roads to prevent Thackerays arrest and pressure the government will not be tolerated, Minister of State for Home Manik Thakre said.

SC ruling puts onus on state government
Maharashtra Additional Advocate General P Janardhan said a chargesheet and a first information report has to be filed before the Shiv Sena leader is arrested.

Govt will implement Srikrishna report: CM
Deshmukh, who is leaving for Delhi Saturday morning, said members of the ruling Democratic Front are united on the issue of Thackerays prosecution.

Chhagan Bhujbal threatens tit-for-tat
The home minister said a letter to this effect would be sent to the Union government reiterating the state governments demand to deploy 23 contingents of additional central security forces.

Stay calm, Thackeray tells Sainiks
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said Maharashtra Home Minister Chhagan Bhujbal was unnecessarily creating tension in the state.

Plea to prevent Thackerays arrest dismissed
The petitioner, 77-year-old D N Uplekar, a resident of Dadar in north Mumbai, had said Thackerays arrest would trigger large-scale violence in the state.

Jethmalani reacts sharply to SC criticism
The Union law minister said he had not made any comment on the proceedings pending in the apex court and as the minister of law and justice it was his duty to point out the correct legal position.

Sena ministers skip Cabinet meeting
Whether the Shiv Sena remains a part of the National Democratic Alliance will be decided by Sena supremo Bal Thackeray after speaking to the prime minister, Manohar Joshi said.

Pawar criticises Centre for refusing forces
The Nationalist Congress Party chief said the National Democratic Alliance government appeared to be trying to create a situation for the imposition of Article 356 in the state.

Centre under pressure from Sena: PTI
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal criticises the decision to turn down a request for more paramilitary forces.

'Our action is on and now you are waiting for the final blow'
There is nothing like a final blow. This is, after all, a legal action which has to be set according to legal procedures. Also, we have to keep in mind that all these actions cannot be done in a haste and hurry. Bombay Police Commissioner M N Singh on the Thackeray case.

Police may decide on arrest after SC PIL
The Samajwadi Party, the Congress and other organisations had filed a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court, asking for the Srikrishna Commission report to be implemented.

Ram Naik sees amicable resolution of crisis
Naik on Thursday met former defence minister Sharad Pawar, whose Nationalist Congress Party is a partner in the ruling coalition in Maharashtra.

Maharashtra government firm on taking action
Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said that the Bombay police would decide when they would arrest Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray.

Situation in Bombay peaceful
A meeting of Sena officials met on Wednesday night and resolved to give a "befitting response" to any move to arrest Thackeray, Sena sources said.

Bombay police in a piquant situation: PTI
The 39,000-strong police force finds itself in a piquant situation with the state political leadership appearing bent on thrashing out ego hassles at the cost of an understaffed police force and hapless citizens fighting for survival.

All 3 Sena ministers at the Centre resign
Suresh Prabhu, Manohar Joshi and Eknath Vikhe-Patil resigned on Wednesday after the Maharashtra governments assertion that Sena chief Bal Thackerays arrest was imminent.

Jethmalani says "no case" against Thackeray
The Union law minister said prosecution could not be filed after three years of commission of an offence.

No arrest now, PM assures Sena
A spokesman for the prime ministers office, however, denied any such assurance to the Sena politicians.

No trouble in Bombay, but tension prevails
Senior railway officials said there were no disruptions in railway services on both the Central and Western lines.

Sena ministers, MPs warn of violence
They met both the prime minister and the home minister on Wednesday seeking Union governments intervention to prevent Thackerays arrest.

We are ready for anything, says Deshmukh
Even Sharad Pawar did not take any action in this case because he knew the communal peace in Maharashtra would get disturbed, BJP politician Gopinath Munde said.

NDA will have majority even if Sena withdraws
The halfway mark in the Lok Sabha is 272. However, at present some seats are vacant, bringing down the effective strength to 540.

Sena MPs to meet Advani
The MPs, sources told, will make every effort to persuade the Centre to stop Thackerays prosecution in the 1992-93 riots case.

NCP demands arrest of attackers
Suspected Shiv Sena activists had hurled soda bottles and a torch on the NCP headquarters in New Delhi on the night of July 16.

'Why should the Maharashtra government consult me on the Thackeray issue?'
Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar justifies the state governments move to prosecute Bal Thackeray in an exclusive interview. He also speaks of his meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah.

Sena bandh cripples life in Thane
Shops and colleges remained closed while buses and autorickshaws kept off the roads. Only medical shops and hospitals in the district were functioning.

Sena workers attack NCP headquarters in Delhi Delhi Shiv Sena leader Jai Bhagwan Goyal expressed ignorance about the attack, but said, I will not be surprised if Shiv Sainiks are involved.

Congress too can take to the streets: Adik
The Maharashtra Congress chief said Bal Thackerays threat of violent protests in case of his arrest was irresponsible.

Thackeray to seek state govts dismissal
By raking up an eight-year-old case, the DF government has shown a vengeful attitude. If something untoward happens, the responsibility for it will rest with the DF government, he warned.

Threats will not shatter govt: Deshmukh
The law will take its own course, the Maharashtra chief minister emphasised.

1993 riots case trial to begin on July 26: PTI
The case goes to trial more than seven years after two mathadi workers were killed, leading to the second spell of communal rioting in the city.

Bhujbal okays Shiv Sena chiefs prosecution
Maharashtra Home Minister Chhagan Bhujbal reiterated that if the government failed to take action fearing a law and order problem it will be unable to take action against anyone.

Thackeray warns of trouble
The state government, especially Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, will be wholly responsible for the law and order problems, the Sena chief said.

Sena activists take to the streets: PTI
Shiv Sena activists forced shop owners to shut down their shops and business establishments in several parts of Bombay.

Arrest imminent, say legal experts: PTI
The charges framed against Bal Thackeray and Abu Azmi, under Section 153 (a) of the Indian Penal Code, are non-bailable.

Foolish act, says Thackerays nephew: PTI
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, whose arrest appears imminent, was calm and quiet, Sena youth leader Raj Thackeray said in Bombay.