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Won’t Arrest MP Navneet Rana, Her Husband Till June 9: Mumbai Police

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Mumbai: Mumbai Police told a court they would not arrest Amravati MP Navneet Rana and her MLA-husband Ravi Rana till June 9 in connection with the Hanuman Chalisa case. June 9 is the date of hearing on the police’s plea seeking their bail cancellation.

The Ranas were arrested by Mumbai Police on April 23 after they announced that they would recite Hanuman Chalisa outside Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s private residence ‘Matoshree’ in suburban Bandra.

On May 5, Special Judge RN Rokade granted bail to the couple imposing certain conditions, including that they should not make any statement to the press related to the case.

The judge had also said that if the couple committed the same offence again, the bail would be forfeited.

The Mumbai Police had on May 9 moved a special court, seeking cancellation of the bail of the politician couple on the ground that they had allegedly violated the bail conditions.

On Wednesday, Navneet Rana, Lok Sabha member from Amravati in Maharashtra and Ravi Rana, MLA from Badnera, filed a joint reply on the police’s plea.

The couple said that they neither interfered with the police investigation nor did they make any public statements related to the case.

He also said that the police had failed to give “concrete reasons” for seeking cancellation of his bail.

Following their reply, the police said in a statement before the court that they would not take any coercive action against the couple till the next hearing.

The special court accepted the statement and posted the matter for further hearing on June 9.

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