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Narayan Rane: What precedents and law say about the arrest of a minister

By Sakshi Bharari , 25 / 08 / 2021 | 11:32 PM
Sakshi Bharari
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If Rane had been present inside Parliament, he might have been able to avoid being arrested right away. Any arrest inside the Parliament is strictly prohibited by the rules.

According to Congress insiders, when Union coal minister Shibu Soren went missing in 2006, then-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was so frustrated that he considered resigning.

In a kidnapping and murder case, the minister was facing criminal charges. While watching the Rajya Sabha proceedings from his parliamentary office, Singh overheard Murali Manohar Joshi, a veteran of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), quip, "Both the PM and his minister are not available here."

Soren was “asked” to resign in 24 hours as Singh hardened his stance (he was later arrested). Murasoli Maran, on the other hand, was not so fortunate. In 2001, Tamil Nadu police literally picked up the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader and industry minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government from his bedroom as the J Jayalalithaa government exacted revenge on her arch-rivals. TR Baalu (Vajpayee's environment minister) was also detained.

After Balu and Maran, BJP minister Narayan Rane was arrested by Maharashtra police on Friday for allegedly threatening to slap chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. If Rane had been present inside Parliament, he might have been able to avoid being arrested right away. Any arrest inside the Parliament is strictly prohibited by the rules.

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