The first-class judicial magistrate, Aurangabad, has issued a non-bailable warrant against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray for not appearing in the court in connection with a six-year-old case.
Magistrate Ashok Soni will hear the matter next on May 8.
Raj Thackeray and six of his party workers were booked in connection with pelting stones at a Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus on October 20, 2008. The driver of the bus, Ibrahim Abdul Salim Pathan, had lodged a complaint in the Karmad police station.
Raj Thackeray apparently did not responded to the summons issued by the court. Recently, he filed an application through his pleader seeking time to appear in the court. Later, through another application, he sought exemption from personal appearance on the grounds of the Lok Sabha elections.
Observing that the general elections were over in Maharashtra on April 24, the magistrate rejected Thackeray's plea and issued a non-bailable warrant against him.