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Hanuman Chalisa Row: Navneet Rana, Husband to Remain in Jail Till April 29; MHA Seeks Report from Maha Govt on MP's Allegations

A sessions court asked the Mumbai police to file on April 29 their reply to a bail application of jailed independent MP Navneet Rana and her husband Ravi Rana.

News18.com | April 26, 2022, 23:33 IST
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The Union Home Ministry has sought a factual report from the Maharashtra government over Independent Lok Sabha MP Navneet Rana’s allegation about her arrest and “inhumane treatment” by the police, officials said. The Amaravati MP was arrested on Saturday along with her MLA-husband Ravi Rana for giving a call for the chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa outside Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s private residence Read More

Apr 26, 2022 15:07 IST

Navneet Rana Writes to Nagpur Police Commissioner, Demands Sanjay Raut be Booked Under SC, ST Act

Independent MP Navneet Rana has written a complaint to Nagpur Police Commissioner and demanded that Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut be booked over his tweet where he shared a picture of the alleged Fake certificate case. She has demanded that Raut be booked under Shedule Caste and Shedule Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities Act), sources said. However, no FIR has been registered so far.

Apr 26, 2022 14:50 IST

Khar Police Registered My Complaint Against Cops Who Registered Fake FIR in My Name: Kirit Somaiya

Apr 26, 2022 14:15 IST

Mumbai Police Denied Registering My FIR: BJP's Kirit Somaiya

BJP leaders Kirit Somaiya alleged that the Mumbai Police after recording his statements for two hours at the Khar Police Station has refused to register an FIR. He accused the Mumbai Police Commissioner of denying the FIR on the directions of Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray. “It is clear that the FIR registered against me earlier was bogus. The best example of forgery by the Mumbai Commissioner has been exposed today They did accept that the fir they received from commissioner of Police based of which they have made arrests is bogus,” Kirit Somaiya said.

Apr 26, 2022 13:59 IST

BJP Desperate Due to Its Inability to Form Govt in Maha, Claims Sanjay Raut

A day after BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis slammed the Maharashtra government in the wake of a political row over the recitation of Hanuman Chalisa, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday claimed the BJP’s desperation stems from its inability to come back to power in the state. Talking to reporters here, Raut further said the BJP stands no chance of coming back to power in the state in the next 25 years. The Shiv Sena, which snapped ties with the BJP after the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly polls, currently shares power with the NCP and Congress in the state. Raut also claimed that former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya, who alleged that he was attacked by Shiv Sainiks last week, had “applied tomato sauce to pretend he was bleeding”.

Apr 26, 2022 13:22 IST

Court Seeks Mumbai Police's Reply to Bail Plea of Rana Couple in Sedition FIR

A sessions court here on Tuesday asked the Mumbai police to file on April 29 their reply to a bail application of jailed independent MP Navneet Rana and her MLA husband, MLA Ravi Rana. The couple had on Monday moved the court seeking bail in an FIR registered by the Mumbai police against them on charges of sedition and promoting enmity, after they gave a call to recite Hanuman Chalisa outside Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s private residence ‘Matoshree’ in suburban Bandra. When the matter came up for hearing in the court on Tuesday, the police said they want to respond with an affidavit to the bail plea. The court accepted this and posted the matter for further hearing on April 29. The Ranas were arrested by the Mumbai police on Saturday.

Apr 26, 2022 13:05 IST

MHA Seeks Report from Maha in Navneet Rana’s Allegations Regarding Arrest, Inhuman Treatment

MHA has sought a factual report from the Maharashtra govt regarding independent Lok Sabha MP Navneet Rana’s allegation about her arrest and “inhumane treatment” meted out at Khar PS. Lok Sabha Privilege & Ethics Committee had asked MHA to seek a report earlier, ANI quoted MHA sources as saying.

Apr 26, 2022 12:29 IST

BJP Leader Sends Loudspeakers to Pavan Maruti Temple Trust in Solapur

BJP leader Mohit Khamboj has sent loudspeaker set to Pavan Maruti Temple Trust in Solapur to install loudspeakers in the temple. The BJP leader has also sent amplifier, pendrive containing Hanuman Chalisa and wires alongwith the loudspeakers to the temple to play Hanuman chalisa twice a day. Loudspeaker will be installed on the top of a tree, 100 metres from the temple.

Apr 26, 2022 11:52 IST

Navneet Rana, Husband to Remain in Jail Till April 29 as Court Grants Additional Time to State Govt

Independent MP Navneet Rana and her MLA husband will remain in jail till April 29 as Sessions Court grants additional time to the Mumbai Police in the case.

Apr 26, 2022 11:20 IST

Maharashtra Home Minister to Meet CM Uddhav, Discussion Likely on Navneet Rana's Arrest, Hanuman Chalisa Row

Maharashtra Home minister Dilipwalse Patil will meet CM Uddhav Thackeray at latter’s residence at 1pm today. The two leaders will hold talk on the ongoing political turmoil following Navneet Rana’s arrest, Hanuman Chalisa row, Raj Thackeray and Kirit Somaiya.

Apr 26, 2022 10:55 IST

Maha Chief Secretary to Submit Report Within 24 Hours to Central Secretariat

Maharashtra Chief Secretary will submit its report within 24 hours via email to the central secretariat. The report will be prepared by Maharashtra DGP. The Lok Sabha Secretariat on Monday had sought details from the Union Home Ministry and Maharashtra Police within 24 hours following allegations made by independent MP Navneet Rana against the state police after her arrest.

Apr 26, 2022 10:10 IST

Aurangabad Issues Prohibitory Orders Banning Rallies Till May 9. MNS Remains Defiant

The Aurangabad City jurisdiction has issued prohibitory orders banning all public rallies and meetings till May 9, 2022. However, MNS is still defiant and the party is going ahead with their public meeting on May 1.

Apr 26, 2022 10:01 IST

Fadnavis Misguiding People, No FIR for Reading Hanuman Chalisa: Raut Said on Navneet Rana's Arrest

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut accused BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis of misguiding people and added that there is no FIR on reading Hanuman Chalisa. “Fadnavis is misguiding people, there is no FIR on reading Hanuman Chalisa. If you want to read Hanuman Chalisa, then read it in your homes. You want to disturb peace, so you want to read Hanuman Chalisa on someone else house,” Raut said.

Apr 26, 2022 09:22 IST

Hanuman Chalisa: Video Shows Maha Minister Using Abusive Words to Slam MP Rana, Her Husband

A video has surfaced purportedly showing Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Vijay Wadettiwar using abusive words to hit out at lawmaker couple Navneet Rana and Ravi Rana, arrested and charged with sedition following their public declaration of reciting the Hanuman Chalisa outside Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s private residence in Mumbai. The Congress minister accused Navneet Rana, the independent Lok Sabha MP from Amravati in eastern Maharashtra, and her husband Ravi Rana, the MLA from Badnera, of disturbing law and order in Mumbai and other parts of the state with their Hanuman Chalisa recitation plan which was eventually shelved by the politician couple.

Apr 26, 2022 08:57 IST

Kirit Somaiya to File FIR Against Police Inspector for Registering 'Fake Complaint' Against Him

Apr 26, 2022 08:16 IST

Recite Hanuman Chalisa at My Home But 'Dadagiri' Won't Be Tolerated: Uddhav

Breaking his silence on the Hanuman Chalisa row that has seen a lawmaker couple being booked for sedition and BJP raising the Hindutva pitch, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said reciting the Chalisa at his home is not a problem but ‘dadgiri’ won’t be tolerated. Thackeray, who heads Shiv Sena, launched a caustic attack on BJP without taking its name and claimed that those teaching him Hindutva were hiding in a “rat hole” when Babri Masjid was demolished. “If you want to recite ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ at my home, do come. But approach with a proper method,” Thackeray said. “But if you want to visit by ‘dadagiri’ (bullying), Balasaheb (the late Shiv Sena founder and his father) had taught us how to smash that ‘dadagiri’,” he said at the launch of the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) at the BEST headquarters here.

Apr 26, 2022 07:38 IST

No Need to Display Religious Sentiments in Public: Sharad Pawar Amid Hanuman Chalisa Row

Amid a political row in Maharashtra over the recitation of Hanuman Chalisa, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday said there is no need to display religious sentiments in public. Also, in an apparent jibe at the opposition BJP in Maharashtra, Pawar said some people were getting anxious after losing power. Speaking to reporters here on the sidelines of an event, Pawar, whose party shares power with the Shiv Sena and Congress in Maharashtra, said it is a good thing that the state government decided to call an all-party meeting on Monday over the issue of loudspeakers at religious places, and he will be very happy if something good comes out of the meet. He also said that earlier there used to be spirit of friendship among political opponents, but now “undesirable things” are being witnessed.

Apr 26, 2022 07:31 IST

Former Mumbai Mayor Among 4 Held for Attack on BJP Leader Somaiya's Car

The Mumbai Police on Monday afternoon arrested four Shiv Sena members, including former city Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, for allegedly vandalizing Maharashtra BJP leader Kirit Somaiya’s car over the weekend, an official said. According to the Khar police station official, besides Mahadeshwar those arrested included former Shiv Sena corporator Haji Haleem Khan and party activist Dinesh Kunal. They were charged with rioting as they allegedly hurled stones at Somaiya’s car, he said.The official said the BJP leader’s car was allegedly attacked on Saturday last amid a call given by independent Lok Sabha MP Navneet Rana and her MLA-husband Ravi Rana to recite the Hanuman Chalisa outside the private residence of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in suburban Bandra. The recitation plan was later called off by the politician couple who was placed under arrest by the police the same day.

Apr 26, 2022 07:21 IST

Mumbai Police Acting Like 'Servants' of MVA Govt: Fadnavis Tells Centre After Somaiya 'Attack'

Alleging that the Mumbai Police were not taking the “attack” on BJP leader Kirit Somaiya over the weekend allegedly by Shiv Sainiks seriously, Maharashtra opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis has written a letter to the Union Home Secretary claiming the city force was acting like the “servants” of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government. In the letter to Union Home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, dated April 24, Fadnavis urged him to take cognisance of “deteriorating law and order” in the state and the “trampling upon” of the basic rights of the opposition leaders, and sought strict action in the matter.

Apr 26, 2022 07:18 IST

Maharashtra Govt to Respond Today to Lok Sabha Secretariat on Navneet Rana Case

Maharashtra government on Tuesday will give response to the Lok Sabha secretariat after it sought detailed report from the state government on Navneet Rana case. The Lok Sabha Secretariat on Monday had sought details from the Union Home Ministry and Maharashtra Police within 24 hours following allegations made by independent MP Navneet Rana against the state police after her arrest.

Apr 26, 2022 07:13 IST

MP Navneet Rana Writes to LS Speaker, Alleges Ill-treatment by Cops

Slapped with sedition charge, independent MP from Maharashtra Navneet Rana has written a letter to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla, saying her arrest by Mumbai cops was illegal and alleging “inhuman treatment” in police custody. In the letter sent on Sunday, the Lok Sabha MP from Amravati has demanded strict action against Mumbai police commissioner Sanjay Pandey and claimed the action against her and her husband was taken on directions of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The Lok Sabha Secretariat on Monday sought details from the Maharashtra government within 24 hours following the allegations made by Navneet Rana against the police after her arrest, sources said in New Delhi.

‘Matoshree’ in Mumbai.

The home ministry sought a factual report from the Maharashtra government on Rana’s allegation about her arrest and “inhuman treatment” allegedly meted out at Mumbai’s Khar police station, a home ministry official said. The move came after the Lok Sabha Privilege and Ethics Committee asked the Home Ministry to seek a report from the Maharashtra government.

The sessions court in Mumbai on Tuesday will hear the bail plea of jailed Independent MP Navneet Rana and her husband MLA Ravi Rana. The two had moved the sessions court on Monday seeking bail in an FIR registered by the Mumbai Police against them on charges of sedition and promoting enmity following their public declaration of reciting the Hanuman Chalisa outside Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s private residence in Mumbai.

Their counsel Rizwan Merchant said that the couple had decided to withdraw their bail plea pending before the Bandra magistrate court that had remanded them to 14-day judicial custody on Sunday, a day after their arrest. Merchant said the suburban Khar police had initially booked the Ranas on the charge of promoting enmity between different groups. At the time of their remand, the police had informed the magistrate court that they had added the charge of sedition against the couple in the first FIR.

He said the charge of sedition under 124 A of the Indian Penal Code carried a minimum sentence of seven years and a maximum punishment of life term. Therefore, bail for an offence of sedition was outside the jurisdiction of the magistrate court. Therefore, the Ranas decided to withdraw the previous application (pending in the magistrate court) and filed a fresh bail plea before the sessions court, Merchant said.

The magistrate court had scheduled the bail hearing for April 29. Navneet Rana, the Lok Sabha MP from Amravati in eastern Maharashtra, and Ravi Rana, the MLA from Badnera, had eventually dropped their plan to recite the Hanuman Chalisa (hymns dedicated to Lord Hanuman) on Saturday outside Thackeray’s private residence in suburban Bandra, citing the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Mumbai for an event.

Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court Monday dismissed a writ petition filed by lawmaker couple Navneet Rana and Ravi Rana, arrested under various charges in connection with the Hanuman Chalisa controversy, seeking that one of the two FIRs registered against them under section 353 of the IPC be quashed.The court said the petitioners and all others occupying public positions must act more responsibly and show respect towards other public persons.

“As is often said, with great power comes great responsibility,” a bench of Justices P B Varale and S M Modak observed, adding they found no merit in the plea filed by the Rana couple. The bench, however, said that if the police decide to arrest the Ranas or take any other coercive action against them based on the second FIR, it must give them notice of 72 hours.

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