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Case filed against Thackeray

New Delhi Dec. 4. A case has been registered against the Shiv Sena supremo, Bal Thackeray, by the Maharashtra Government for his alleged inflammatory speech calling for setting up of suicide squads to fight against terrorism.

This was stated in the Rajya Sabha by the Minister of State for Home, I.D. Swami, in a written reply to a question whether the Government had initiated any action for Mr. Thackeray's Dusshera-day speech.

The other Minister of State in the Department, Vidyasagar Rao, said the Centre had not issued any instruction to the Jammu and Kashmir Government for setting up of a screening committee to review the POTA cases in the State. In a written reply, Mr. Rao said the State Government in 2001 had taken steps to place a mechanism on the ground, including declaring the Principal Secretary, Home, as competent authority and the Divisional Commissioners as designated authorities under section 36 of the Act, with various safeguards as provided in the POTA.

PTI

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