Hanuman Chalisa row: Rana couple got bail but BMC reaches their home over illegal construction
Mumbai: Amravati MP Navneet Rana and her husband and MLA Ravi Rana, who are in jail on charges of sedition, have got bail. The Sessions Court has issued an order to release him with conditions. The local police had arrested the Rana couple from their house on 23 April over the Hanuman Chalisa controversy. Navneet Rana is in the women's prison in Byculla while her husband is lodged in a jail located in Taloja, eastern Maharashtra. He was arrested under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including inciting enmity between two communities and sedition.
Earlier today, the Rana couple got bail by the Mumbai sessions court with several conditions in the Hanuman Chalisa row. "Court has granted bail to Navneet Rana and Ravi Rana. Some conditions have been imposed. They've been asked to cooperate in the investigation and interrogation. Police have also been directed to issue an advance notice of 24 hours to them," Rizwan Merchant, an advocate of Navneet-Ravi Rana told media persons.
At the same time, it was said in the petition that what the applicants did, it cannot be an offense of sedition.
Meanwhile, the Uddhav govt seems to be in no mood to let go of the Rana couple easily. After the release from the court in the Hanuman Chalisa row, the couple now have to face the music of Mumbai Municipal corporation BMC over the illegal construction at their home.
What did the police say in court?
Special Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat, appearing for the police, opposed the bail plea, saying the couple's plan may appear to be "innocent", but the fact remains that it was a big conspiracy against the government. The police claimed that the political opponents of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and Uddhav Thackeray in the state want to prove that the chief minister is against Hindus.
Remain in judicial custody for 14 days
Navneet Rana and her husband MLA Ravi Rana had moved the sessions court on April 25 for bail. The court sent him to judicial custody for 14 days. The Rana couple had announced to recite Hanuman Chalisa outside the private residence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. There was a lot of controversy about this and in this connection, the Mumbai Police had arrested both of them by registering an FIR against the husband and wife.