The Delhi High Court has stayed the execution of a non-bailable arrest warrant against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray for allegedly making insulting statements against the people of Bihar in 2008.

A Bihar court had issued the warrant against Mr. Thackeray on two private complaints by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha of the State against the alleged insulting statements.

‘Humiliating speech’

The lawyer alleged said Mr. Thackeray had humiliated the people of Bihar in a February 2008 speech by ridiculing the celebration of Chhath Puja.

Numerous complaints

There a total of 16 complaints Mr. Thackeray across the country and all of them have been transferred to Delhi on directive by the Supreme Court.

Arguing for stay of the warrant, counsel for the leader submitted that it had been issued on baseless complaints by the lawyer as the charge of making insulting statements by Mr. Thackeray did not have the ingredients for make it a sustainable case.