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Bhujbal withdraws defamation against Rane

Chhagan Bhujbal withdraws the defamation case against his cabinet-colleague Narayan Rane.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2006 15:50 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Maharashtra PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal on Wednesday withdrew the defamation case he had filed six years ago against his one-time opponent and now a cabinet-colleague Narayan Rane and two others.

The case was withdrawn after Rane and other accused tendered an apology to Bhujbal saying they had no intention to cause him any harm.

Both Rane and Bhujbal, who were present in the court, made a joint application for withdrawal of proceedings.

Bhujbal, the then Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader, had filed a case against Rane in 2000 after the latter alleged that the residence of Bhujbal had become a den of ISI agents.

Besides Rane, Bhujbal had also implicated Subhash Desai and Sanjay Raut, publisher and executive editor respectively of Sena's mouthpiece "Saamna" which published Rane's remarks.

Both the sides had reached an out-of-court settlement over the issue last week, after which Additional Sessions Judge Abhay Thipsay asked Bhujbal, Rane and others to file a joint application for withdrawal of proceedings.

When Rane had levelled allegations against Bhujbal, he was in Shiv Sena. After joining Congress last year, Rane joined Bhujbal in the state cabinet as Revenue Minister.

Rane had made allegations in the context of a meeting of bomb blast accused with Bhujbal that was held at the former Deputy Chief Minister's residence. The blast accused, who were out on bail, had urged the Minister to expedite the trial.

Bhujbal had claimed that Rane's allegations were baseless and aimed to malign his image. Being aggrieved, he had initiated criminal proceedings against Rane in a sessions court at Mazgaon in Central Mumbai.

First Published: Mar 22, 2006 15:50 IST