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Hanuman Chalisa row: Rana couple charged with sedition sent to judicial custody

By wasmulhaq 
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The decision of Amravati MP Navneet Rana and her husband on Saturday to chant Hanuman Chalisa in front of Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackrey’s residence failed to attract public attention.

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A Mumbai court on Sunday sent MP Navneet Rana and her husband, MLA Ravi Rana, to judicial remand till May 6. The couple was arrested last evening for allegedly “creating enmity between different groups” over their threats to recite the Hanuman Chalisa outside Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s home.

Ravi Rana blames Maharashtra CM

MP Navneet Rana’s husband, Ravi Rana, on Sunday blamed Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for framing a case against him and his wife after they were taken into custody by Mumbai Police over their threats to recite the Hanuman Chalisa outside Uddhav Thackeray’s private residence.

The holiday and Sunday court of the Metropolitan Magistrate, Bandra, rejected Mumbai Police’s demand for custody. The Ranas’ bail plea will be heard on April 29.

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A sedition charge was added in the case against the MP-MLA couple as they challenged the state machinery.

“They have registered a false offence against us,” MLA Ravi Rana was heard telling mediapersons as he was being escorted back to jail after the court order. Case’s history

Earlier this month, Ravi Rana demanded that Thackeray, who heads the Shiv Sena, recite the Hanuman Chalisa at his residence on Hanuman Jayanti, and announced that if the CM did not do so, he would go to Matoshree and recite it.

However, an FIR was registered at Khar police station and the couple was placed under arrest. They were later shifted to the Santa Cruz police station, where they spent the night.

The Ranas were booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 153 (A) (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, and doing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony), and Section 135 of the Mumbai Police Act (violation of prohibitory orders of police).

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The police later added IPC section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty) to the FIR registered against the duo.

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