New Delhi :
A court on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant against Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in connection with a case filed by the Maratha community leaders against a cartoon published Saamana, partyâ€™s mouthpiece, in 2016.Â
According to reports, the warrant has also been issued against party leader Sanjay Raut and cartoonist Shrinivas Prabhudesai. The warrant was issued by a court at Pusad in Maharashtra's Yavatmal district.
The cartoon, which showed a couple kissing amid the rally,Â was published in September 2016. Muk Morcha (silent protest) by Maratha agitators was mocked as Mooka Morcha (kiss protest) in the cartoon.Â Â
The cartoon had miffed the Maratha community and triggered a sharp reaction from across the political spectrum.
Following that, Saamanaâ€™s office in Navi Mumbai was pelted with stones, reportedly by members of the Sambhaji Brigade, a Maratha organisation.
The Congress and NCP had even sought government action against the Sena mouthpiece for 'hurting sentiments' of the community.
Later, cartoonist Shrinivas Prabhudesa expressed regret over his work.Â
â€œThe sentiments of Maratha community were hurt by my cartoon. But, there was never an intention to hurt anybody. Yet, I express regret if sentiments were hurt unintentionally,â€ the cartoonist said in a statement carried on the front page of Saamana.Â