{Sedition} Hanuman Chalisa Case: Rana Couple Claim Benefit Of SC Order


Rana couple has denied breach of any bail conditions in the sedition FIR against them for wanting to chant the Hanuman Chalisa outside the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray’s personal residence.

In an affidavit, the couple claimed they were merely talking about their 12-day ordeal in judicial custody and about a notice posted by the BMC outside their house while they were in custody.

In the recent order, the SC said,  “hopes and expects that state governments will restrain from registering any FIR, continuing any investigation or taking coercive measures by invoking Section 124 of IPC while the aforesaid provision of law is under consideration.”

The Ranas filed the affidavit in reply to a notice issued by the top court on the prosecution’s plea to issue non-bailable warrants against the duo, who are charged for the breach of the bail condition imposed on them. They were granted bail on May 4 and according to one of their bail conditions they would not address the press (print or visual media) on any of the subjects which relate to the sedition case.

Seeking action against the duo, SPP Pradeep Gharat had submitted that the bail granted to the respondents/accused stood automatically canceled when they made further allegations against the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray.

In the order granting them bail on May 4, the special court observed that independent MP Navneet Rana and MLA Ravi Rana had crossed that line of freedom and speech in their interviews with the media, but their acts were prima facie not seditious. The court had, however, directed them against repeating their acts. The next date of hearing is on June 15.

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