The Bombay High Court slammed the Maharashtra government for its handling of Raj Thackeray-led MNS’ agitation on Marathi signboards. The division bench of justice stated that slammed the working of the Maharashtra government and stated that and I quote “If you don’t have political will, then give that message to the people that we can not do anything,”. The court also took note of Raj’s tirade against Joint Commissioner of Police K L Prasad to which the court stated that the Home minister had failed to back up the police officer. MNS last month had set a deadline for shop-owners for putting up Marathi signboards, warning that if they failed to comply, they shall be taught a lesson. Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association had moved the court after that. Court then directed that state should ensure that nobody was harmed, and MNS must not indulge in violence. The court this week gave time to the government till October 16 for filing an affidavit regarding what action has been taken. The earlier orders restraining MNS and Raj Thackeray from issuing threats or indulging in hooliganism continue.
July 14, 2006