The Ranas had been booked and arrested by Khar police station officers on April 23 for alleged offences of sedition and breach of concord for declaring their intention to chant the hanuman chalisa exterior Matoshree, the private residence of Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, in Bandra (east).
The April 29 police reply arguing in opposition to bail for the Ranas cited media bytes allegedly given by the couple between April 20 and April 23 and mentioned the phrases spoken show their criticism and feedback are neither inside cheap limits nor in line with the elemental proper of freedom of expression. The plea mentioned it has therefore come throughout the ambit of Part 124A (sedition).
“The phrases by the accused are clearly with an intention to deliver into hatred or contempt…in opposition to the federal government…to advertise emotions of ill-will and hostility between completely different lessons of residents,” the reply mentioned.
The prosecution additionally cited 18 alleged offences registered in opposition to Ravi Rana and seven in opposition to Navneet Rana.
The police reply submitted and argued by particular public prosecutor Pradip Gharat additionally mentioned the Ranas hatched an efficient plan in a calculated method. Police mentioned the studying of ‘Shri Hanuman Chalisa,’ if opposed, “would arouse the spiritual emotions of Hindus as having been violated or alternatively, if allowed, it might damage spiritual emotions of residents of different religions as it might present that solely Hinduism is most well-liked on this republic state”.
On April 25, the couple moved periods court docket looking for bail via their advocate Rizwan Service provider. Their plea mentioned the announcement to recite Hanuman Chalisa was made to enlist well-liked assist and there was no intention to trigger sick will or emotions of hatred.
Submitting that there was no intention to trigger communal pressure, the plea submitted earlier than the periods court docket mentioned, “The federal government can’t afford to be hypersensitive, nor impervious to criticism…The decision to recite Hanuman Chalisa exterior Matoshree can’t by any stretch of creativeness be handled as an try and incite one neighborhood in opposition to one other.”
It additionally mentioned that on the instructions of the current state mechanism, the police had utilized the “draconian provision of 124A” (sedition)” solely with the intention to suppress their freedom of speech and expression. “The offence isn’t disclosed in opposition to the candidates. By no stretch of creativeness can the acts of the candidates be said to represent the offence of sedition. They didn’t intend to incite violence or trigger any public dysfunction,” the bail plea mentioned.