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Raigad Court in UM defamation case: Arrest justified, but no need for police custody

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Mumbai: Union minister Narayan Rane, who was arrested yesterday in Maharashtra over his “slap Uddhav” remark and granted bail within eight hours, has been asked to appear before the police in Nashik on September 2.

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One of the four FIRs against Narayan Rane has been registered in Nashik. In the notice issued late last night, the minister has been asked to appear next Thursday “at 12 noon”.

Rane got bail around 9.45 pm, hours after he was dramatically arrested over lunch. He argued in a Raigad court that he was arrested on politically motivated charges without proper notice. He also cited his health and the fact that he is a cabinet minister.

The Union minister was released on a surety of ₹ 15,000 and asked to appear before the police on 31 August and 13 September.

According to PTI, the Raigad court judge said: “Given the reason for the arrest and other reasons, I find that the arrest is justified.” But magistrate SS Patil said there was no need for custody.

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he bail order says Mr Rane “should not commit a similar type of offence” and should not tamper with evidence or “directly or indirectly make an inducement threat or promise to any person acquainted with the facts of the case”.

The Maharashtra police had sought seven-day police custody for the BJP leader saying it was important to investigate if there was a conspiracy to tarnish the reputation of the Maharashtra Chief Minister.

Mr Rane, 69, was arrested over his controversial comment on Uddhav Thackeray at a public meeting on Monday during his “Jan Aashirwad Yatra”.

The BJP leader claimed that the Chief Minister forgot the year of independence during his August 15 address and had to check with his aide mid-speech.

Rane said, “It is shameful that the Chief Minister does not know the year of independence. He backtracked during his speech to ask about the counting of the years of independence. If I had been there, I would have given him a slap. ,” said Mr. Rane, in a remark that heavily opposed the Shiv Sena.

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Mr. Rane held a meeting with his legal team this morning. Sources say that he may approach the Bombay High Court with a request to quash the FIR registered against him. Shiv Sena workers registered cases against him in Pune, Nashik, Thane and Mahad listing offenses such as threatening a public servant, criminal intimidation and breach of peace.

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