In the detailed order rejecting the plea filed by the Mumbai police seeking cancellation of bail granted to independent lawmakers Navneet Rana and Ravi Rana, the special court said no material was placed on record to indicate that the merits of the case or trial would be affected due to violation of bail condition.
The Rana couple was booked on charges, including sedition, for allegedly attempting to cause public disorder by announcing to chant the Hanuman Chalisa at the private residence of former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. The couple was arrested on April 23 and granted bail on May 4. Among the conditions set by the court while granting them bail was the direction to not address the press on subjects related to the case.
The court order had said that any breach of the conditions shall entail cancellation of their bail. The Mumbai police cited statements given by them to the media which the police claimed violated conditions and threatened witnesses.