Hanuman Chalisa controversy case: Navneet Rana did not appear in court

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Mumbai: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Navneet Rana did not appear before a court here on Wednesday in a 2022 case related to the controversy over recitation of Hanuman Chalisa outside the residence of then Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

She cited ill health for not appearing in court. The former MP’s husband and Amravati MLA Ravi Rana is also an accused in the case. He appeared in court. The couple has been booked under Section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the Indian Penal Code.

The couple is accused of resisting police personnel and obstructing their work. The police had reached their residence in Khar area of ​​Mumbai to arrest them. The couple had announced their plan to recite Hanuman Chalisa outside Thackeray’s residence ‘Matoshree’ in Bandra.

During the last hearing, Special Judge for cases registered against MPs and MLAs R.N. Rokde had directed the Rana couple to appear before him on June 12. Ravi Rana appeared before the court on Wednesday.

Navneet Rana’s lawyer Shabbir Shora filed a petition requesting exemption from appearance and said that she is unwell and hence cannot come to the court. The court accepted his plea and adjourned the hearing of the case till July 2 after Ravi Rana recorded his presence. Navneet Rana and Ravi are currently on bail.

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