New Delhi: The Mumbai police on Thursday imposed Section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure (which prohibits unlawful assembly) outside the Enforcement Directorate office in Ballard Estate of south Mumbai, ahead of MNS chief Raj Thackeray‘s visit in view of the money-laundering probe.

This move was taken apprehending law and order problem, stated a police official said. “We have imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code under the jurisdiction of Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Marg Police Station, where the ED office is located,” said the official adding that, “Raj has appealed his party workers not to throng outside the ED office but we don’t want to take any chances.”

Meanwhile, Thackeray reached the ED office in Ballard Pier on Thursday for questioning in the IL&FS probe at around 11:30 AM. He was accompanied by his wife Sharmila, son Amit and daughter in law Mitali. After Raj entered the office alone, his family members camped at a nearby hotel.

Earlier on Thursday, MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande and the supporters of Raj Thackeray were detained to avoid any law-and-order problem. Condemning the detention, Deshpande called it a”high-handed action” by the Mumbai police. According to Section 144, the assembly of over four persons is prohibited in an area where there is a likelihood of breach of peace and disturbance of public tranquillity.