Bombay HC asks police explanation

The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the City Police Commissioner to file an affidavit explaining the rationale behind the order prohibiting Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen Member of Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi from addressing public meetings here.

The Division Bench here of Justices P. V. Hardas and S. B. Deshmukh adjourned the hearing for a week. Mr. Owaisi was to address rallies here today and on Friday.

After the Maharashtra police handed over a notice to Mr. Owaisi asking him not to address the public meetings, local organisers moved the High Court.

The notice, served to Mr. Owaisi in Hyderabad, also said he had been prohibited from entering Aurangabad city. Advocate S. S. Quadri appeared for the Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen, whereas advocate S. P. Kurundkar represented the government. –PTI

Petitioner given time

A local court here on Thursday gave more time to petitioner K. Karunasagar to get approval from the government to take up a case under Section 295A of IPC against Majlis MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi for his alleged hate speech in Nirmal.

Acting on a petition filed by Mr. Karunasagar, the seventh Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate asked him to get approval from the government by February 28. The petitioner said he had submitted applications to the Principal Secretaries of Home and Law departments requesting them to give permission for prosecuting the MIM legislator under Section 295A, but there was no response.