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Mumbai, Sep 17 : The Bombay High Court on Friday directed Union Minister Narayan Rane to file six separate petitions instead of only one, seeking court’s nod to quash the FIRs registered against him at six police stations in Maharashtra over his defamatory remark against CM Uddhav Thackeray.
Mr Rane had filed a single petition mentioning the cases lodged against him at Mahad, Nashik, Pune, Thane, Jalgaon and Ahmednagar.
During the hearing, a division bench of Justices S S Shinde and N J Jamadar said that it would be better if separate petitions are filed for each of the FIR.
“The FIRs are of different police stations. Let the challenge to each of the FIR be in separate petitions. Then it will become easier for the prosecution also to take instructions from each police station,” the court said.
Mr Rane’s counsel Ashok Mundargi agreed and said they would file separate petitions. They sought interim protection in all the cases.
“The prosecution had earlier said they would not take any coercive action against Rane in the FIR registered by the Nashik cyber police. Similar protection should be given in the other cases too,” Mundargi said.
The court said it would first hear the pleas and then decide. It said the police’s earlier statement of no coercive action in the Nashik police station case shall continue till the next date of hearing.
The court posted the matter for further hearing on September 30.