[Hanuman Chalisa row] Navneet Rana, Ravi Rana move Sessions Court for bail in sedition case

Earlier this month, the MLA had demanded from the CM, who is also chief of ruling party Shiv Sena which is heading the State’s coalition government, to recite the Hanuman Chalisa at his residence on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti.

He also warned that if the CM does not do so, he would go to Matoshree (Uddhav Thackeray’s residence) to recite it.

On April 23, he said he would go to Matoshree to recite, however the couple called off their plans subsequently stating on their respective social media handles that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was visiting the city.

The Mumbai police, however, arrested the two in the evening amidst protests by Shiv Sena members.

The couple was initially booked under Sections 153A (causing enmity between different groups), Section 34 (common intention) and later on booked under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for challenging the government machinery and making remarks against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

The couple were also booked under provisions of the Bombay Police Act for trying to disrupt the law and order situation in the city.

They were remanded to 14-day judicial custody on Sunday by a Special Metropolitan Magistrate for MPs and MLAs at Sewree, Mumbai.

Source: Barandbench