BJP’s Raja Singh can hold rally in Mira Road without hate speech: Bombay HC

T Rajasingh Thakur.

Mira Road: The Bombay High Court has granted permission to BJP MLA from Telangana, T Rajasingh Thakur, and one Naresh Nile, to hold a procession in Mira Road on February 25 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, provided they give an undertaking to the police that they will not deliver any hate speeches.

The court granted permission on condition that the two send the undertaking by email/fax to Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone I, by the end of the day. The court also directed the police to video record the entire procession as well as the speeches made at the said congregation / rally.

Nile had approached the HC after the police refused to grant them permission to hold the procession. Thakur is the main speaker at the event.

Public prosecutor Hiten Venegavkar opposed the petition stating that there is an apprehension that some untoward incident may take place during the procession. He justified the refusal of permission by the police, saying that on January 22, during the Pran Pratishtha at Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, volence had taken place in Mira-Bhayandar.

Venegavkar also pointed out that several cases are registered against Thakur for delivering hate speeches across several states, including Maharashtra. Later, he said that the police should also decide the route of the procession if permission is granted.

Earlier, cops detained former legislator and national spokesperson of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party, Waris Pathan, at the Dahisar check-post while he was headed towards Mira Road.

The Mira Bhayandar-Vasai Virar (MBVV) police have rejected the application by an organisation seeking permission to hold a rally in the prominent presence of BJP legislator from Telangana, Thakur Raja Singh aka T Raja as the main speaker. The rally, which was earlier scheduled to be held on February 19, was postponed to February 25.

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