The Bombay High Court Thursday deferred hearing on the anticipatory bail petition filed by former Congress MP Nilesh Rane, son of former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane, to May 17.
Judge M S Karnik said he was not inclined to give any interim protection to Rane until the next hearing.
Rane and four others, including his personal assistant Tushar Panchal and bodyguard Manish Singh, have been accused of kidnapping and assaulting Congress activist Sandeep Sawant in Chiplun on April 24. A sessions court had rejected their anticipatory bail application
The public prosecutor, while opposing Rane’s bail plea, told the HC that the police may not arrest Rane until the court hears the petition on May 17.