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Jharkhand HC to hear Raj Thackeray's petition on November 14

October 25, 2008 19:57 IST

The Jharkhand High Court will hear on November 14 a plea petition by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray [Images] to transfer a complaint case against him from Jamshedpur to Mumbai.
"The bench of Chief Justice Gyansudha Mishra and Justice D K Sinha today posted the case for hearing on November 14," Raj Thakeray's counsel Pande Niraj Rai said in Ranchi on Saturday.
The case was scheduled to come up on Saturday.
Raj Thackeray recently filed a petition in the High Court requesting it to transfer to Mumbai a complaint case filed by an advocate, Hameed Raza, against him in a Jamshedpur court.
Raza had in June accused the MNS leader of hurting the sentiments of Hindi-speaking people by allegedly abusing the Chhat festival and the people of Bihar.
Raza has brought charges against Thackeray under sections 295A (maliciously insulting the religion or the religious beliefs of any class), 296 (causing a disturbance to an assembly engaged in religious worship) and 298 (uttering any word or making any sound in the hearing or making any gesture, or placing any object in the sight of any person).
The High Court last month rejected a similar petition of the MNS leader, but gave him the option to plead before the lower court for transfer of his case.
The Jamshedpur court, however, has told Thackeray that his plea could be heard only during trial, leading him to approach the High Court for the second time.

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