Govt examining Raj statements

Home Minister R R Patil sought an end on Tuesday to politics being played out over a letter sent by the Bihar Chief Secretary to Maharashtra police,even as statements made by MNS chief Raj Thackeray were being examined for provocative content.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: September 5, 2012 6:16 am

Home Minister R R Patil sought an end on Tuesday to politics being played out over a letter sent by the Bihar Chief Secretary to Maharashtra police,even as statements made by MNS chief Raj Thackeray were being examined for provocative content.

Breaking his silence over the remarks by Thackeray that invited sharp criticism from leaders,including Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar,Patil told reporters an “administrative matter” was being politicised in both states.

He said the Director General (DG) of Bihar police had written to the Mumbai police commissioner quoting laws that local police stations need to be informed in case of action in their jurisdictions. Patil said he did not see any threat in the letter as was being made out.

“Bihar DG has written to Mumbai CP. They help us in investigations. An administrative letter is being politicized,” he said,adding,“We have to take care that politics does not harm the professional relation between police departments of the two states.”

Patil said the Bihar police might not have been informed but law had been followed in the current case. “We sought opinion of the advocate general who said the arrest — of an Azad Maidan riots case accused — was as per provisions of the law.”

During a meeting of party workers on Friday,Thackeray had read out the letter which allegedly warns of legal action against Mumbai police if they acted without informing Bihar police in the future.

He further said: “If the Bihar government takes any legal action against the [Mumbai police for arresting criminals,I will declare all Biharis infiltrators and throw them out.”

Earlier this week,Mumbai Police Crime Branch arrested a man in connection with the Azad Maidan riots from near the Nepal border in Bihar,following which the Bihar DGP wrote the letter.

Nitish had termed Thackeray a “sirfara” (insane) and said the MNS leader must be dealt with sternly. He even wondered if the Maharashtra government had outsourced governance to people like Thackeray.

About Nit’sh’s statements that the government was taking a soft stand on Thackeray,Patil said the statements made by him were being examined and action would be taken in a few days if they were found to be instigative or provocative”

“Speeches are being examined. We have sought the opinion of the law and judiciary department as well. We will take action after a report is submitted in couple of dais,” he said.

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