On Tuesday night a court at Mahad in Raigad district in Maharashtra granted bail to Union minister Narayan Rane, who was arrested over his debatable remarkagainst CM Uddhav Thackeray which hurled a political row and protests.
Narayan Rane faces four FIRs across Maharashtra over his remark that he would have slapped Thackeray over his ignorance of the year of India’s independence.
Rane was produced before Judicial Magistrate Shaikhbabaso S Patil at 9.45 pm after his arrest in the afternoon.
Government leader Bhushan Salvi wanted seven-day police custody for the BJP leader to conduct further investigation.
It was important to investigate if there was a conspiracy to damage the reputation of the chief minister.
Opposing the application, Rane’s lawyers Aniket Nikam and Bhau Salunkhe argued that his health condition was serious as he was 69 years old and suffered from sugar and blood pressure issues.
Nikam argued that Rane’s arrest was illegal as no warrant was issued to him under Section 41A of the Code of Criminal Procedure before his arrest.
The court, after hearing both sides, denied to the police Rane’s custody. Instead, it remanded him in judicial custody and, on the plea moved by his lawyers, granted him bail on a surety of Rs 15,000.