The Bombay high court on Tuesday refused to grant urgent relief to union minister Narayan Rane who has sought quashing of the multiple FIRs filed against him following his remarks about slapping Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Apart from seeking quashing of the FIRs, Rane has sought protection from arrest till hearing in his petition or protection from coercive action. Three FIRs have been filed in Pune, Nashik and Mahad against Rane.
Nikam had sought that the matter maybe heard on Tuesday itself.
The judges, however, refused to hear the petition and asked the lawyer to follow the procedure. “File an application before the Registry department seeking urgent hearing and then we will consider… Everyone has to go through the process. Don't make us do the job of the Registry,” said the judges.
Nikam said the police had not followed procedure laid down in law before taking steps to arrest Rane. “Summons under section 41A of the Code of Criminal Procedure has not been issued,” said Nikam. Under this section, the police in cases where arrest is not required can issue summons to the person for questioning. Nikam said that even the Supreme Court has said that summons should be issued first in view of the pandemic.
Following Rane’s arrest, Nikam said that they would amend the petition and challenge his arrest. “We will amend the petition and seek an urgent hearing on Wednesday,” Nikam told FPJ.
Former Shiv Sena Chief Minister, Rane, had claimed at a rally in Raigad district on Monday that Thackeray forgot the year of independence during his August 15 address to the people of the state. Thackeray had to check the year of independence with his aides midway during the speech that day, Rane had said.
Rane said: “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.”
Following his remarks, a complaint was lodged against Rane by Nashik city Shiv Sena unit chief at the Cyber police station there.
An FIR was registered against Rane in Nashik under IPC sections 500 (defamation), 505(2) (mischief), 153-B (1)(c) (remarks likely to cause disharmony, or feeling of enmity or hatred or ill-will), a police official said.