Amaravati MP Navneet Rana and her MLA husband Ravi Rana’s arrest has been termed illegal by their lawyer amid controversy over reading Hanuman Chalisa. Advocate Jirwan Merchant has said that the speaker’s permission should have been taken before the arrest but no permission was taken. The Mumbai Police arrested both of them on Saturday evening.
The lawyer said that according to the Supreme Court, the notice under section 41(A) should be given within 14 days from the inception of the case, which was not given. He said that an FIR has been registered against Ravi Rana and Navneet Rana under sections 153A, 35, 37, 135 of the Bombay Police Act. My client says that the arrest is illegal, illegal and unconstitutional. One is an MLA and the other is an MP in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
The lawyer said that sufficient time is being given to the Maharashtra government to withdraw the decision of this illegal arrest. If this matter goes to court then we will take release order through court proceedings. After the arrest of both the people, BJP leader Kirit Somaiya reached Khar police station and met them.
After leaving Khar police station, a tweet by Kirito Somaiya created a ruckus. Somaiya tweeted and said, ‘Shiv Sena goons pelted heavy stones at Khar police station. The glass of my car broke and I got injured. I am reaching Bandra police station. The arrests of Navneet and Ravi Rana came hours after they postponed plans to recite Hanuman Chalisa in front of ‘Matoshree’, the private residence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
An official of Khar police station in west Mumbai said that the charges against the Rana couple are section 153A of the Indian Penal Code (promoting hatred in the name of religion, language etc. in different communities) and section 135 (police) of the Mumbai Police Act. Violation of the prohibitory orders imposed by the