Updated: August 24, 2021 3:52:40 pm
At least three FIRs have been registered against Union minister Narayan Rane for his remarks against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray while giving a speech in Raigad district on Monday. The three FIRs have been registered in Raigad, Pune, and Nashik districts.
On Tuesday, a sessions court in Ratnagiri rejected the transit anticipatory bail application of Rane.
Police in Mumbai had to resort to lathicharge after Shiv Sena workers and Narayana Rane’s supporters clashed in Mumbai this morning. Two supporters of Rane and two policemen were injured in the clash.
During his speech on Monday evening at a hall in Mahad city in Raigad, Rane said, “It is shameful that the chief minister does not know the year of independence. He leaned back to enquire about the count of years of independence during his speech. Had I been there, I would have given (him) a tight slap.”
Rane on Tuesday defended his remarks, saying he hasn’t committed any crime by making them. On speculation that he will be arrested in this case, Rane said he was not a ‘normal’ man and cautioned the media against such reportage. “I haven’t committed any crime. You should verify and show it on TV or else I will file a case against you (media). Despite not committing any crime, the media is showing speculative news about my ‘imminent’ arrest. Do you think I am a normal (ordinary) man,” Rane told reporters at Chiplun.
Yuva Sena party workers approached police stations to lodge FIRs against the minister, accusing him of creating law and order problems by provoking sentiments of Sena members.
The party workers put several posters in Mumbai and other places, calling Rane a ‘kombdi chor’ (chicken thief), a reference to the poultry shop he ran in Chembur five decades ago when he was part of Shiv Sena led by Bal Thackeray.
An FIR has been registered by Mahad city’s Yuva Sena party leader Siddhesh Patekar against Rane under sections 153 (Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 159(commit an affray), 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of peace), 505 (public mischief) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC. An FIR with similar sections has been registered by Nashik city’s cyberpolice unit and by Pune police as well.
Pune police commissioner Amitabh Gupta has confirmed to The Indian Express that an offence has been registered against Rane and that a team had left Pune for further investigation.
Apart from these three FIRs, another 46 are registered against Rane’s Jan Ashirwad Yatra, where political campaigning was done by the minister amid the pandemic, violating social distancing norms. Of these 46 FIRs, 39 were registered in Mumbai and the remaining seven in Mira-Bhayandar Vasai-Virar police.