MNS chief Raj Thackeray granted bail in 2014 toll plaza attack case

By PTI
MUMBAI: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Saturday appeared before a court in neighboring Navi Mumbai in a case related to vandalizing of a toll plaza in 2014, and was granted bail. Thackeray is accused of delivering a provocative speech before MNS activists attacked a toll plaza in Vashi during their protest against recovery of toll on highways.

Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Vashi, had issued a warrant against Thackeray last month but his lawyers argued the matter and subsequently it was cancelled, said MNS legal cell secretary Santosh Sawant.

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However, the court directed him to remain present and accordingly he appeared around 11 am on Saturday, Sawant said. The court granted MNS chief bail on a bond of Rs 15,000 as the charges against him are bailable, he said.

He said that the court also allowed Thackeray’s plea seeking permanent exemption from appearance. Thackeray is facing a case under IPC sections 153 (giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and other sections.