Supreme Court to hear plea seeking judicial probe against Thackeray

November 5th, 2008 - 9:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Raj ThackerayNew Delhi, Nov 5 (IANS) The Supreme Court will hear a petition seeking a judicial probe into the killing of two youngsters from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in Maharashtra last week amid a “hate campaign” launched by Raj Thackeray’s Maharashta Navnirman Sena (MNS).Sanjeev Kumar Singh, an advocate, Wednesday filed the public interest petition and sought the court’s direction for providing security to people from north India staying in Maharashtra.

He said the central and state governments had failed to take proper action against those instrumental in propagating the “hate campaign” against people from outside the state.

The petitioner sought a judicial inquiry into the killings of Rahul Raj from Patna and Dharam Dev Rai of Gorakhpur alleging there was a total failure of the constitutional machinery in Maharashtra.

Raj, 25, was killed in a shootout with police in Mumbai Oct 27. A day later Rai, 25, was beaten to death in a suburban train near Mumbai.

Blaming Thackeray and his supporters for attacks on north Indians in the state, Singh pleaded that the bail granted last month to the MNS chief be cancelled and he should be prosecuted under the National Security Act.

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