Union Minister Narayan Rane, arrested for ‘Slap Uddhav’ remark, gets bail

Prime News, National, Crime, Politics, New Delhi, August 25:- Union Minister Narayan Rane, who was arrested in Ratnagiri on Tuesday over his ‘Slap Uddhav’ remark against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, has been granted bail by Mahad court.

After his arrest earlier in the day, Rane was taken to Mahad in Raigad district where he was produced before the court. During the hearing, Mahad Police demanded 7-day custody of the Union Minister, however, he was granted bail by the court.

Rane was taken to court amidst heavy police security through special arrangements.

The Union Minister had said that he would have slapped Thackeray over the latter’s ignorance of the year of India’s independence.

Cases were registered against the BJP leader at Mahad as well as at Nashik and Pune as his remark set off angry protests by workers of the ruling Shiv Sena.

Rane was taken into custody at Golwali, the ancestral village of former RSS chief Sadashivrao Golwalkar ‘Guruji’ in Ratnagiri district during his `Jan Ashirwad Yatra,’ and taken to Sangameshwar Police Station.

He was then handed over to Raigad Police around 2.45 pm in connection with the FIR registered at Mahad, 160 km from Mumbai, a police official said.

The FIR at Mahad was registered under IPC sections 189 (threat of injury to public servant), 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of public peace), and 505 (statements conducive to public mischief).

Rane’s supporters staged protests near the Sangameshwar Police Station after the arrest. After he was taken into custody, a doctor checked him.

A BJP leader claimed that Rane had high blood pressure and sugar levels and doctors advised that he should be hospitalised as he is also a diabetes patient.

The arrest followed Rane’s statement targeting Thackeray in Raigad district during the Jan Ashirwad Yatra on Monday.

“It is shameful that the chief minister does not know the year of independence. He leaned back to enquire about the count of years of independence during his speech. Had I been there, I would have given (him) a tight slap,” Rane had said.

Rane defended his remarks against Thackeray, saying he hasn’t committed any crime by making them.

On media reportage of his ‘imminent arrest’ in the case, Rane said hours before his arrest that he was not a ‘normal’ man and cautioned the media against such reportage.

“I haven’t committed any crime. You should verify and show it on TV or else I will file a case against you (media). Despite not committing any crime, the media is showing speculative news about my ‘imminent’ arrest. Do you think I am a normal (ordinary) man?” Rane said.

Rane’s remarks drew sharp reactions from Shiv Sena, whose workers put a poster in Mumbai, calling him a ‘kombdi chor’ (chicken stealer), a reference to the poultry shop he ran in Chembur area five decades ago, during the initial part of his over four-decade-long stint with the Bal Thackeray-led party. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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