A Delhi court has asked Maharahstra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray to appear before it on July 26 in connection with a complaint about his alleged hate speeches against Bihar natives, rejecting his plea for exemption from personal appearance.
The court rejected Thackeray's plea for exemption on the ground cited by him that since he has been given Y-category security, he is unable to appear before it.
"This is no ground for exemption. The person has already been provided security and thus he is supposed to appear before the court. Otherwise also, a bailable warrant has been issued againt him on January 3, 2009. Exemption plea is dismissed," Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Devendra Kumar Sharma said.
He also directed MNS spokesperson Shirish Parkar, who has also been named as an accused in the complaint, to appear before it.