Hanuman Chalisa row: Mumbai court rejects discharge plea of Navneet and Ravi Rana

A special court in Mumbai on Tuesday rejected a discharge plea filed by MP Navneet Rana and her husband, Maharashtra MLA Ravi Rana, in a case registered against them following the 2022 Hanuman Chalisa row.

The special judge for MP and MLA court, Rahul Rokde, rejected the discharge plea and instructed Ranas’ lawyer to make sure that they are to be present before the court during the next hearing, which is on January 5.

A case was registered against the independent MP from Amravati and the MLA for preventing a public servant from doing their duty after they resisted an arrest in 2022.

It was alleged that the duo obstructed police personnel from duty, who had visited their residence in Khar after their announcement that they would chant the Hanuman Chalisa outside the residence of the then Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

The politician couple, in their discharge plea, had argued that, “the chargesheet has been doctored and engineered merely to malign and harm the reputation of the Ranas herein so that they can succumb to pressure tactics and political agendas”.

The plea also stated that the entire video footage that the police officers relied on was merely showing the ruckus by the Shiv Sainiks.

The FIR against Ranas was registered under sections for assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging their duty (IPC 353) and common intention (IPC 34). The duo were arrested in April 2022 and were behind bars for about a month.

As their discharge plea stands rejected now, the special court will frame charges against the Ranas on January 5. They are likely to approach the High Court to appeal against the order.

Another case was also registered in the Hanuman Chalisa row as well, but Mumbai Police has not filed a chargesheet against the two in that case.

Published On:

Dec 19, 2023

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