The Bombay High Court on Thursday issued notice in the plea by BJP MLA Nitesh Rane seeking quashing of FIR by Panvel police for allegedly making derogatory remarks on a regional TV channel, leading to offences of promoting enmity between groups, outraging feelings of certain community and those under SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act being levelled against him.
Advocate Amit Katarnaware had registered a complaint against Rane for allegedly using the word ‘Dalit’ to refer to another MLA and the channel for allegedly broadcasting a word that has been “legally banned.”
It was also alleged that in a seperate news item, in reply to events pertaining to Trimbakeshwar temple in Nashik, Rane had allegedly used inflammatory words in relation to the Muslim community.
The complainant claimed that the Information and Broadcasting Ministry had five years ago advised the media to use the term ‘scheduled caste/tribe’ instead of ‘Dalit’ and the same was violated by the petitioner.
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In June this year, after conducting an inquiry, Panvel police had filed a report that no offence was disclosed, prompting the complainant to approach the sessions judge, who on August 2 passed an order directing police to register FIR based on Katarnaware’s complaint.
Rane on August 11 approached the HC seeking quashing of the FIR, stating that it failed to disclose commission of any offence and the police had themselves had opined the same. Pending hearing of his plea, Rane sought interim protection from coercive action and no chargesheet to be filed until then.
A division bench of Justice Nitin W Sambre and Justice Rajesh N Laddha on Thursday issued notice to the police and the complainant seeking their respond on October 12, when the court will hear the