Uddhav Thackeray framed us, says arrested MLA Ravi Rana as Hanuman Chalisa row escalates


MP Navneet Rana‘s husband Ravi Rana on Sunday alleged that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray framed him and his wife after they were taken into custody by Mumbai Police over their threats to recite the Hanuman Chalisa outside Uddhav Thackeray’s private residence.

Speaking exclusively to India Today, Ravi Rana said, “False cases have been put on us by the chief minister because we took Bajrangbali’s name, Shri Ram’s name and spoke about Hanuman Chalisa. Reciting Hanuman Chalisa is not a crime. Uddhav Thackeray has conspired against us.”

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The arrest was made based on an FIR under section 353 of the Indian Penal Code, which deals with assault or use of criminal force against a public servant in the execution of his duty.

Ranas were also booked under IPC section 153 (A) (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), and section 135 of the Mumbai Police Act (violation of prohibitory orders of police).

A Mumbai court has sent MP Navneet Rana and her husband Ravi Rana to judicial remand till May 6.


Lok Sabha MP Navneet Rana and her husband, independent MLA Ravi Rana, had threatened to chant Hanuman Chalisa outside Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s residence, Matoshree. However, they had called off the protest on Saturday citing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mumbai visit.

Despite this, Shiv Sena workers laid siege to the building in suburban Khar where the couple was staying, and said the Ranas would not be allowed to leave until they apologised for insulting Matoshree, their “temple”.

Sena workers also tried to break through barricades and enter the building in the morning but were stopped by police.

Mumbai Police then arrested the Ranas for allegedly “creating enmity between different groups” over their repeated threats to recite the Hanuman Chalisa outside Uddhav Thackeray’s residence.

Earlier this month, Ravi Rana had demanded that Thackeray recite the Hanuman Chalisa at his residence on Hanuman Jayanti, and announced that if the CM did not do so, he would go to Matoshree and recite it.

Read the full article at: indiatoday.in

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