After a dispute over his controversial comment that he would have “slapped Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray,” Union Minister Narayan Rane was arrested by Ratnagiri police in Maharashtra on Tuesday (August 24).
When Rane was on his ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ in the Konkan area, a team of police officers went to his camp at Sangameshwar, Ratnagiri. The occurrences occurred just a few hours after Narayan Rane boldly said that “nobody could do anything to him” or stop him from “going about freely.” A team of senior police officers met Narayan Rane and later completed the arrest formalities even as a large number of his supporters and a huge posse of police were present. An aide to the central minister Pramod Jathar claimed that no arrest warrant has been produced and the police pleaded that they were under ‘pressure’ to arrest Rane. Jathar added that ‘there is the rule of law’ in the state but the police were not following the due protocols, not showing the arrest warrant or other documents for the same.
Earlier in the day, Rane approached a sessions court n Ratnagiri, seeking pre-arrest bail. The sessions court, however, refused to grant any relief, noting that the case was registered in Nashik and hence, it did not have the jurisdiction to hear the application.
Rane had gone to a sessions court in Ratnagiri earlier in the day to request pre-arrest bail. The sessions court, on the other hand, declined to provide any relief, citing the fact that the case was filed in Nashik and so it lacked jurisdiction to hear the plea. Rane had caused a controversy with his comments about slapping Chief Minister and Shiv Sena head Uddhav Thackeray over what he said was the latter’s ignorance of India’s independence year. “It’s disgraceful that the chief minister is unaware of the country’s independence year. During his address, he leaned back to inquire about the number of years since independence. Rane stated during his ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ in Raigad district on Monday that if he had been present, he would have given (him) a firm smack.
Following his comments, the Nashik city Shiv Sena unit leader filed a case with the Cyber police station in Nashik. An FIR was filed against Rane in Nashik based on the complaint under IPC sections 500 (defamation), 505(2) (mischief), and 153-B (1)(c) (remarks intended to create discord, hate, or ill-will), according to a police officer. Nashik Police Commissioner Deepak Pandey ordered Rane’s immediate arrest on Tuesday after a FIR was filed against him in the north Maharashtra city for his anti-CM comments.