A SPECIAL court on Monday issued a notice to Independent MP Navneet Rana and her MLA-husband Ravi Rana, accused in a sedition case following a row over the recitation of Hanuman Chalisa, seeking their response to an application filed by the Mumbai police urging for their bail to be cancelled.
The police sought that the couple’s bail be cancelled on the ground that they had allegedly violated one of the conditions imposed by the special court while granting them bail last week. Special Judge R N Rokade on Monday briefly heard special public prosecutor Pradip Gharat and issued a notice to the Rana couple for their response. The court will hear the matter further on May 18.
Navneet Rana, the Lok Sabha member from Amravati in Maharashtra, and her husband Ravi Rana, the MLA from Badnera in Amravati, werearrestedbytheMumbai police on April 23 after they announced that they would recite the Hanuman Chalisa outside Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s private residence ‘Matoshree’ in Bandra area here. The special court had on May4grantedbailtothecouple and imposed some conditions on them, including not to indulge in a similar offence and not to speak to the media. On Monday, the suburbanKharpolicefiledan application through Pradip Gharat,seekingthatthecourt cancel the couple’s bail as they had allegedly violated the condition of not speaking to the media. “The accused persons (Navneet Rana and Ravi Rana) have given interviews to media since their release and hence, flouted the condition imposed by the special court while granting them bail,” Gharat said. NAVNEET RANA MEETS SPEAKER, TO DEPOSE BEFORE PARLIAMENT PRIVILEGE PANEL OVER ARREST: INDEPENDENT MP Navneet Rana met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday and apprised him of the episode of her arrest along with her husband by theMumbaiPolice, andsaid, she will depose before the Parliament’s privilege committee and giveawritten statement on the matter. ThecouplemetBirlaathis official residence for more than 45 minutes. The Ranas said, they will approach Prime Minister Modi and UnionMinisterAmitShahto raise the issue of their illtreatment by the Maharashtra authorities