Updated: December 30, 2021 9:16:53 am
The police in Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg Wednesday issued a notice to Union Minister Narayan Rane, asking him to present himself before them and provide information on his MLA son Nitesh Rane, who is wanted in an attempt to murder case in the district.
Rane, the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises minister, was called to the police station on Wednesday in connection with his comment during a press conference held Tuesday.
In reply, Rane wrote to the police saying that he was occupied on Wednesday. He added that the police could come to his residence or speak to him through video conferencing. The police have not decided on a course of action.
The notice, which was also pasted on the minister’s Sindhudurg residence, was issued by Inspector Sachin Hundalekar of Kankavli police.
In the notice to the minister, the police have referred to his statement to the media, where he had said he wasn’t a “fool” to reveal the whereabouts of his son. “Even if we know, why should I reveal whereabouts of Nitesh Rane. Are we fools?” he had told reporters.
The notice added that based on what the Union minister said during the press conference, it appeared that he knew where Nitesh is. The notice asked him to ensure that his son appears before the police station that had summoned him earlier. It also asked him to present himself before the police station on Wednesday at 3 pm.
Meanwhile, a local court hearing the anticipatory bail application of Nitesh heard arguments from both sides on Wednesday and is set to deliver its order on Thursday. Nitesh has not been given any protection from arrest.
The police notice to Narayan Rane evoked a sharp reaction from the BJP. Senior leader Sudhir Mungantiwar said, “Narayan Rane is a union minister. On what basis can the police send him a notice? It shows the MVA govt’s arrogance of power.”
Senior BJP leader Ashish Shelar said, “Rane is being asked to present himself before the police without doing any crime. This government constantly takes the names of Mahatma Phule, Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj and Babasaheb Ambedkar and behaves like Taliban.”
The case against Nitesh relates to complainant Santosh Parab (44), who has alleged that while he was going on a bike from Naravde naka in Kankavli last week, an Innova car without a number plate had hit his bike. A person had then allegedly climbed out of the car and said: “You do Satish Sawant’s work right? I’ll get back at you.”
This person then attempted to kill Parab by stabbing him in the chest, the police have said. Parab has claimed that he heard the assailant tell another person in the car that they “should inform Gotya Sawant and Nitesh Rane” before fleeing.
Following this, Parab approached the police, which registered an FIR under sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC.
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