Lok Sabha MP Navneet Rana’s allegations of his detention and “inhumane treatment” by police in Mumbai on Tuesday sparked objections from the city’s police chief, but not before the Union Interior Ministry requested a report from the Maharashtra government.
The independent MP from Amravati was arrested on Saturday along with her MLA husband Ravi Rana for announcing that he would chant Hanuman Chalisa outside the private residence of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray ‘Matoshree’ in Mumbai to “awaken his Hindutvanya” despite being instructed by police not to to do so .
The couple, now in jail, later withdrew their call, citing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mumbai for an event.
The Home Ministry has requested a “factual report” from the Maharashtra government on Ms Rana’s allegations of her detention and “inhumane treatment” at the Khar Mumbai police station, a Home Ministry official said.
The action was taken after the Lok Sabha Privileges and Ethics Committee asked the Home Ministry to seek a report from the Maharashtra government.
The pair of lawmakers have been charged with sedition in addition to encouraging hostility, and assaulting civil servants for obstructing the performance of duties.
Lok Sabha MPs have demanded stern action against Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey and claimed action against her and her husband was taken on the instructions of the Maharashtra Chief Minister.
The police chief, however, posted a video on Twitter, denying his allegations of poor service.
Do we say anything more pic.twitter.com/GuUxldBKD5
– Sanjay Pandey (@sanjayp_1) 26 April 2022
Meanwhile, a sessions court in Mumbai on Tuesday asked police to file their responses to Ms Rana and her husband’s bail application by Friday.
When the case was heard in court on Tuesday, police said they wanted to respond with an affidavit to the bail admission. The court accepted the matter and posted the matter for further hearing on Friday.