Ramdas Athawale: Sedition case in opposition to Navneet Rana was political vendetta

New Delhi: Union minister Ramdas Athawale on Tuesday stated that Amravati MP Navneet Rana, who was booked for sedition alongside along with her MLA husband after she triggered the Hanuman Chalisa row in Maharashtra, is a Dalit chief and injustice was meted out to her by the MVA authorities out of “vendetta politics”, reported PTI.
Athawale, who went to satisfy the Rana couple in Delhi days after their launch on bail from Mumbai jail within the sedition case, whereas chatting with the media demanded a probe into the whole episode.
“Ranas have confronted injustice. Navneet Rana is an elected MP. The motion taken in opposition to her with revenge may be very severe. Navneet Rana belongs to our Dalit group. Injustice was meted out to her. I condemn the injustice on behalf of the RPI. Motion needs to be taken in opposition to the police for committing the injustice,” Athawale stated.
“Ranas solely needed to recite ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ exterior Thackeray’s personal residence ‘Matoshree’ with the intention that numerous points plaguing the state will likely be resolved by the divine invocation. There was no must register a sedition case in opposition to them as they didn’t stage a protest, however had solely introduced in that regard (Ranas later withdrew their plan to chant Hanuman Chalisa),” Athawale informed PTI.
“To place them in jail below the sedition cost is a blot on democracy,” he alleged.
The chief additional alleged that residences of the Ranas in Amravati and suburban Khar in Mumbai have been pelted with stones.
He additionally questioned the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company’s (BMC) transfer to challenge a discover to the Khar housing society, the place the Ranas personal a flat for alleged unlawful alterations and accused the civic physique of performing with vengeance.
In regards to the sedition case, protests had erupted after the Ranas introduced to recite Hanuman Chalisa exterior Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s personal residence in Mumbai final month. They have been subsequently arrested amid offended protests by Shiv Sainiks on the cost of selling enmity. Later the sedition cost was additionally added.
The couple walked out of jail on Could 5, a day after a Mumbai court docket granted them bail.
(With PTI inputs)