Hanuman Chalisa Row: Maharashtra Government Likely To Challenge Bail To MLA-MP Rana Couple

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government is expected to file a Contempt of Court complaint against MP Navneet Rana and MLA Ravi Rana, who were recently granted bail in a sedition case, for failing to comply with the release conditions.

The Public Prosecutor is expected to charge the Ranas with contempt of court for violating one of their release conditions. “Accused shall not address the press on any matters pertaining to the Hanuman Chalisa recital case,” the court said.

Despite the bail order’s restriction, MP Navneet Rana addressed to the media after leaving Lilawati Hospital. “I challenge Uddhav Thackeray to run in any constituency, and I will run against you and show you what woman power is,” she said.

“I’d like to know what error I made for which I was punished by the Thackeray government. I’d want to inquire if reciting Hanuman Chalisa is a crime, in which case I am willing to serve 14 years in prison, not just 14 days “she continued.

The Amrawati MP was rushed to the hospital after being released from the Byculla jail where she had been imprisoned. She had high blood pressure, chest pain, and bodily aches. Her lawyers had previously claimed that she had been denied a checkup and that if her illness worsened, the state would be held liable.

BJP leader Ram Kadam is currently visiting the couple at their home to talk with them. Devendra Fadnavis, the former chief minister of Maharashtra and the leader of the opposition, met Amrawati MP Navneet Rana at the Lilawati Hospital in Mumbai earlier on Saturday.

The Ranas were detained on suspicion of inciting communal violence by reading the Hanuman Chalisa in front of CM Uddhav Thackeray’s house. On May 4, a Mumbai court granted them bail.

The judge warned the pair about tampering with evidence and prohibited them from discussing the issue with the media. If these terms are not met, the bail will be cancelled.

They were also charged with fostering hatred among different groups, criminal act by a group with a common aim, violating instructions to maintain law and order, and assault to dissuade a public official from fulfilling duty, among other things.

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