MNS chief Raj Thackeray today surrendered before a local court here in a case of rioting registered against him in 2008 and was later released on bail.

Mr.Thackeray was granted bail by a judicial magistrate (first class) in Chopra area on a bond of Rs 7,000. He was accompanied by his lawyer Sayaji Nangre.

The MNS chief was arrested on October 21, 2008 in Ratnagiri in connection with a tirade launched by his party against north Indians.

Following his arrest, riots broke out in Mumbai and various parts of the state. Several cases were registered against Mr.Thackeray and his supporters.

In the case registered at the Chopra court, Raj has been booked under sections 143 (offence against public tranquillity), 109 (abetment of offence), 338 (causing grievous hurt by an act which endangers human life) and 427 (mischief). Mr. Thackeray was granted bail for all these offences.

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