Taking cognizance of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's (MNS) attack on
Samajwadi Party (SP) legislator Abu Azmi for taking oath in Hindi, a
local court has issued notices against party chief Raj Thackeray and
four suspended party MLAs.
MLAs on first vday of the assembly session had created the ruckus in the Maharashtra Assembly after
SP MLA Abu Asim Azmi took oath in Hindi.
As Azmi started to take his oath in Hindi, several MNS members
swooped on him and pushed him aside. Legislator Ramesh Banjle
uprooted the microphone from the podium.
When Azmi attempted to save himself, MNS member Ram Kadam slapped him
and hit him on the face and chest, shocking the 288-member house
that had converged for the oath-taking ceremony.
Chief Judicial Magistrate R R Badodiya issued notices
yesterday against Raj Thackeray and four other MLAs—Shishir Shinde,
Ramesh Wanjale, Vasant Gite and Ram Kadam for attacking Abu Asim
Interestingly, the same MNS
members remained mute spectators when MLAs from Congress and BJP
took oath in Hindi, Sanskrit and even English.
asked them to appear before the court on December 14
for hearing on a petition filed by one Pukhraj Dashora.
Dashora in his petition said that he was hurt by the
reports of MNS attack on Azmi for taking oath in Hindi in the
Maharashtra Assembly and described it as a "gross insult to the
national language and also an attack on national integration."
The Magistrate took cognizance of the petition under
section 153 (a) of the IPC for promoting enmity between different
groups on grounds of religion, language, place of birth, residence
and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.