Mumbai Court dismissed a complaint filed in relation to the Hanuman Chalisa controversy against Independent MP Navneet Rana and her MLA spouse, Ravi Rana.
Mumbai: Mumbai Court dismissed a complaint filed in relation to the Hanuman Chalisa controversy against Independent MP Navneet Rana and her MLA spouse, Ravi Rana. The court ruled that a simple violation of bail terms does not call for the cancellation of bail unless it also has an impact on the case investigation.
The Mumbai Police had granted bail to the duo in the case earlier this year. The couple had threatened to recite the Hanuman Chalisa outside the private residence, which belonged to Uddhav Thackeray, who was the chief minister of Maharashtra at the time. In addition to sedition, Mumbai police accused them of attempting to cause a law and order problem.
The court rejected the Mumbai police’s request to issue non-bailable warrants against Navneet Rana, an Amravati MP, and her husband, MLA Ravi Rana.
When the two were granted bail, one of the terms of their release on bail was that they would not discuss the Hanuman Chalisa controversy after coming out of prison. Since the two had spoken, according to the Mumbai Police, the bail was immediately revoked and the court now only had to issue non-bailable warrants to them.
The judge further added, “It should be mentioned here that in an application to cancel bail on the basis of violation of the condition, the court has to evaluate whether the alleged violation amounts to an attempt to interfere with the administration of justice.”
“It has to be seen as to whether it affects the investigation and trial of the case in which the accused are implicated. It is not the case of the prosecution that, due to the aforesaid statements, the investigation is hampered.