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Sena approaches police to seek probe into how Navneet Rana’s videos shot in hospital MRI room

Mumbai, May 10 (PTI) A Shiv Sena delegation on Tuesday met Bandra police officials in Mumbai to seek a probe into how independent MP Navneet Rana was videographed while undergoing an MRI procedure at the Lilavati Hospital here.

The delegation, comprising Shiv Sena MLC Manisha Kayande, former mayor Kishori Pednekar and Rahul Kanal, a close aide of state Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray, also asked the police to investigate how Rana’s bodyguards were allowed to enter the private hospital with their weapons.

The Sena, heading the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra, had alleged there was a clear violation of rules by the hospital, as it sought to further corner Amravati Lok Sabha member Rana, who has been highly critical of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his outfit Shiv Sena.

On Monday, the Mumbai police filed an application in a special court here seeking cancellation of the bail granted to the parliamentarian and her MLA-husband Ravi Rana, accused in a sedition case following a row over the recitation of Hanuman Chalisa.

A delegation of the ruling Shiv Sena on Monday visited the Lilavati Hospital and sought to know how Navneet Rana’s videos and pictures were taken while she was undergoing an MRI procedure at the private medical facility Navneet Rana on Monday said she and her husband will approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to raise the issue of their alleged ill-treatment by Maharashtra authorities when the couple was in jail recently.

On Tuesday, Sena MLC Kayande said, “We will also meet the state home minister and ask him to conduct a probe into the matter (of Navneet Rana’s videos, pictures taken in MRI room). We will also take up the matter with the Charity Commissioner as private hospitals come under his jurisdiction.” “The MRI room is sensitive to metal objects. In such a scenario, it needs to be probed how Navneet Rana was videographed during the procedure,” the Sena leader said.

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive technology that produces detailed anatomical images.

The Rana couple was arrested on April 23 by the Mumbai police and charged under Sections 124A (sedition) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups) of the Indian Penal Code, among others, after they announced that they would recite the Hanuman Chalisa outside Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s private residence ‘Matoshree’ in suburban Bandra.

The Rana couple later dropped their plan, citing Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the city the next day, but were nonetheless taken into custody by the police and later sent to jail.

A special court here granted them bail on May 4. PTI PR GK GK

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