Dyaneshwar Gawade

A bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode of Bombay High Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing to August 21 of a quash petition filed by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Raj Thackeray. Raj Thackeray seeking to quash case against him in a Kalyan court in which he is facing charges of staying in the area 48 hours prior to 2010 civic elections.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Kalyan had served notice to Thackeray under section 149 of Cr.Pc informing him that he was a political leader and after October 29 could not stay in that area. In October 2010, the Maharashtra Election Commission had also issued a notice to Thackeray under the Representation of People’s Act thereby restricting the stay of political leaders in the area of municipal elections 48 hours prior to the polls.

The police have filed chargesheet in a Kalyan court charging him with committing an offence for overstaying in the area during the Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Election (KDMC) elections in 2010. Being aggrieved, Raj Thackeray moved the Bombay High Court challenging the proceedings in the trial court.

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