Nitesh Rane, member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (MLA) and son of Union Minister Narayan Rane moved to the Supreme Court, challenging the order of Bombay High Court which rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Rane in connection with an attempt to murder case.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the plea of Rane for urgent hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana. The top court accepted the request of Rane for urgent hearing.
Rane had earlier approached the Bombay High Court seeking ore-arrest bail in connection with the alleged attack on Shiv Sena activist Santosh Parab. However, the sessions court at Sindhugarh had rejected his plea.
“The court in such a case is required to balance the conflicting considerations of personal liberty and a need for proper investigation in larger societal interests. The custody is not sought only for the purpose of recovery of any article but also for interrogation which would be necessary. Thus, I do not find that the applicants in ABA No.2 of 2022 is entitled to pre-arrest bail.”HC while rejecting the plea.
The prosecutor wanted to know “who had paid for the contact killing attempt and how much was paid.” He added that Rane was an influential person and had committed crimes earlier also.
Rane had claimed that the FIR in the case was probably registered against him because he had mocked Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray. He also added that the FIR had been registered to stop him from participating in the Sindhugarh District Co-operative Bank elections, which were to be held on December 31, 2021. He added that the Shiva Sena leaders had said that Nitesh would be taught a lesson.
The High court rejected his anticipatory bail plea on January 17. It also extended the assurance given by the Maharashtra government to Rane that he would not be arrested until January 27, 2022.