Updated: August 26, 2021 7:23:50 am
Pune City Police is not planning to immediately seek custody of Union Minister and BJP Rajya Sabha member Narayan Rane, who was arrested on Tuesday by Maharashtra Police for his remarks against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, and released on bail by a court in Mahad in Raigad district later.
At least five First Information Reports have been filed against Rane by workers of Shiv Sena or its youth wing Yuva Sena across the state following the statement he had made while speaking to reporters in Mahad on Monday. Rane had said, “It is shameful that a chief minister does not know the year of independence. He leaned back to check the count of years of independence during his speech. Had I been there, I would have given him a tight slap.”
These FIRs have been filed in Mahad, Pune city, Nashik city, Jalgaon and Thane city police jurisdictions.
After rejection of his anticipatory bail by a court, Rane was placed under arrest in Sangameshwar in Ratnagiri district. He was produced before a court in Mahad and granted bail.
In Pune, the FIR against Rane was filed at Chatushrungi police station, where Rohit Kadam, an office-bearer of Yuva Sena, filed a complaint. In the FIR, the Pune Police have invoked Indian Penal Code sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration), 505 (statements conducing to public mischief).
When asked whether Pune City police will arrest and seek custody of Narayan Rane, Pune City Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta said, “Not immediately.”
A senior officer from Pune Police said, “An investigating officer has the powers to arrest a person and seek custody in a case, when the investigation demands it. In this case, now that the court has granted bail to Mr Rane, the investigating officers who are probing other cases against him can place him under arrest. But in such high-profile cases, there are other factors that need to be considered.”
Rane’s remarks and sequence of events leading to his arrest on Tuesday had sparked protests in Pune for and against him. On Tuesday morning, when a group of Shiv Sena and Yuva Sena workers were holding a protest at Good Luck Chowk in Pune against Rane’s remarks, a stone was pelted by an unidentified person and a display glass was broken at a shopping mall in Deccan Gymkhana area, not far from where the protest was being held. No one was injured in the incident. Rane’s family members reportedly have a stake in the mall.
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