Mumbai: Nitesh Rane booked for harassment, extortion after complaint by hotel owner

Mumbai: Politician Narayan Rane’s son Nitesh Rane has been booked for harassing and extorting money, at Santacruz police station in Mumbai. The case was filed by Hitesh Keswani, owner of lounge restaurant- Estella- on Juhu yesterday, against Nitesh and two others.

The MLA alleging forcefully acquired a 50 per cent share in the restaurant and subsequently demanding Rs 10 lakh as protection money.

The MLA told leading daily on Friday, “Hitesh Keswani (one of the restaurant’s partners) is a good friend; the matter has been handled wrongly. It is a case of misunderstanding and the matter will be resolved by Saturday.”

Keswani told, “In September 2016, we took on rent a 3,500 sq ft sea-facing property in Nichani Kuttir. A month later, when the restaurant started, Nitesh called, demanding that he be made a partner.”

We refused, and he started threatening us. We met him at various places, but stuck to our stand. Finally, he forced us to make one Parag Sanghvi a partner. As investment, he paid Rs 1.5 crore, which is a pittance compared to our investment.”

Parag pulled out of the partnership in January, saying he wasn’t earning any profit. “We paid back his investment,” Keswani said.

The case against Nitesh, Shaikh and Ansari has been filed under the Indian Penal Code’s sections 384 (extortion), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 504 (insult) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

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