Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and BJP leader Narayan Rane was arrested on Tuesday in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra.He has been arrested for abusing Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.In Maharashtra, BJP Leaders met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and submitted a memorandum against Rane's arrest.Meanwhile, late Tuesday night, the local court granted bail to Rane on health grounds.
Talking to reporters during the Jan Ashirwad Yatra on Monday, Rane had spoken of slapping Chief Minister Thackeray.After this statement of Rane, there was a reaction from Shiv Sena workers.FIRs were lodged against him in Nashik, Pune and Mahad.
The possibility of his arrest had started being expressed since Tuesday morning.Nashik Police Commissioner Deepak Pandey issued orders for his arrest.Rane was arrested at around 2.30 pm in the Sangameshwar area of Ratnagiri while having his meal.By evening, he was brought to the Mahad area, where he had given a controversial statement.He was produced in the sessions court in Mahad, from where he got bail.Earlier, the Bombay High Court had rejected his anticipatory bail application for not being presented in a lawful manner.
Shiv Sainiks pelted stones at BJP office in Nashik
Ever since Rane's controversial statement against Uddhav, Shiv Sena workers started protesting in many places in the state.In many districts, Shiv Sainiks were seen attacking Rane's effigy with slippers.In Nashik, furious Shiv Sainiks also pelted stones at the Bharatiya Janata Party office.
Fadnavis said, police should take action against stone pelters
State BJP President Chandrakant Patil described the actions of Shiv Sainiks as a cowardly act.Former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis warned that the BJP is capable of protecting its offices if the police do not take appropriate action against stone pelters.
BJP workers blocked the road
After Rane's arrest, BJP workers blocked the road for several hours at the Sangameshwar police station and the old Mumbai-Goa highway.BJP MLA Prasad Lad and Rane's MLA son Nitesh Rane also staged a sit-in at the police station.Lad feared that the police might get Rane killed too.
Question on arrest without permission of Lok Sabha Speaker
Rane's lawyer Aniket Nikam says that his arrest has been illegally done by the Maharashtra Police.
According to Nikam, there is a provision to take action by giving notice in cases with a sentence of less than seven years.Rane was arrested without notice.
Rane is a minister in the central government.Prior to his arrest, permission should have been taken from the Speaker of the Lok Sabha.This too was not followed.
Rane said this
The Amrit Mahotsav of the country's independence is going on.But the Chief Minister does not know how many years have passed since independence.While delivering the speech on August 15, he looked back and asked this.Had I been there, I would have given him a hard slap.
First case of minister's arrest in Maharashtra
This is the first case of a sitting Union Minister being arrested in Maharashtra.Apart from this, a Union Cabinet Minister has been arrested after almost 20 years.In June 2001, ministers in the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, Murasoli Maran and TR Balu were arrested by the Chennai Police.
events like this
Shiv Sena raged on Rane's controversial statement in Jan Ashirwad Yatra.Posters are put up in the city.
Shiv Sainiks reached outside Rane's house in Santacruz.Home security increased.
In many cities, there was a fierce ruckus of Shiv Sainiks against Rane.Demolition in many places.
After the FIR, the police commissioner of Nashik ordered the immediate arrest of Rane.
To avoid arrest, the Union Minister reached the High Court.No relief.
Rane was arrested by the police from Ratnagiri.He was produced before the court in Mahad, from where he got bail.