New Delhi: Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) National President JP Nadda termed Union Minister Narayan Rane’s arrest on Tuesday (August 24) in connection with the derogatory remarks he had made against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray as ‘against constitutional values.
Reacting on Rane’s arrest, Nadda tweeted, ”The arrest of Union Minister Narayan Rane by the Maharashtra Government is a violation of constitutional values. We will neither be scared nor suppressed by such action”.
The Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), however, said his words that he “would have slapped” Uddhav Thackeray don’t amount to any crime.
“I have no information that an FIR has been registered against me. I am not a common man. I have not committed any crime. Is it not a crime if someone doesn’t know about 15th August? I had said that I ‘would have slapped’. These were the words and it’s not a crime,” Rane said.
Union Minister Narayan Rane had approached the Bombay High Court on Tuesday, challenging the FIRs registered against him in parts of Maharashtra over his remarks against state Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, and sought protection from arrest.
The sessions court, however, refused to grant relief, noting that the case was registered in Nashik and hence did not have the jurisdiction to hear the application.
The petition was mentioned before a division bench of Justices SS Shinde and NJ Jamadar, seeking urgent hearing on Tuesday itself.
The bench, however, refused to hear it and said mentioning (of the petition) was not allowed and asked the lawyer to follow procedure.
Heavy police security was deployed outside Rane’s residence in Mumbai earlier on Tuesday. BJP workers also gathered outside his residence on Juhu Tara Road in Santacruz (West) in the morning in support of their party leader.