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HC asks Narayan Rane to file separate quashing pleas for 6 FIRs over “slap the CM” remark

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The Bombay High Court has directed Union MSME minister Narayan Rane to file separate petitions in response to six different FIRs that were registered against him across Maharashtra for his “slap the CM” remark.

Notably, Narayan Rane has approached the high court for quashing of the FIRs registered at Mahad, Nashik, Pune, Thane, Jalgaon and Ahmednagar. Rane faces these FIRs over his remark that he would have slapped Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray over the latter’s “ignorance” of the year of India’s independence.

During the hearing of the minister’s plea, the division bench of Justices SS Shinde and NJ Jamadar observed that it would be better if separate petitions are filed for each of the FIRs.

“The FIRs are of different police stations. Let the challenge to each of the FIR be in separate petitions. Then it will become easier for the prosecution also to take instructions from each police station,” the court said. The court posted the matter for further hearing on September 30.

Narayan Rane to file separate petitions

The minister’s counsel Ashok Mundargi and advocate Aniket Nikam agreed and said they would file separate petitions. They sought interim protection in all the cases. “The prosecution had earlier said they would not take any coercive action against Rane in the FIR registered by the Nashik cyber police. Similar protection should be given in the other cases too,” Mundargi said.

The court said it would first hear the pleas and then decide. It said the police’s earlier statement of no coercive action in the Nashik police station case shall continue till the next date of hearing.

Additional public prosecutor Jayesh Yagnik, appearing for the prosecution, said Rane had assured that he would cooperate with the investigation being carried out by the Nashik police and has to appear before it on September 25 to record his statement. Mundargi said Rane would cooperate and appear via video conferencing.

 

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