The Union Home Ministry has requested a report from the Maharashtra government in response to Lok Sabha MP Navneet Rana's complaints of her arrest and "inhumane treatment" by Mumbai police, officials said on Tuesday.
Despite police instructions, the independent MP from Amravati and her MLA-husband Ravi Rana were arrested on Saturday for claiming that she will perform the Hanuman Chalisa outside Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's private mansion 'Matoshree' in Mumbai to "awaken his Hindutva."
According to a Home Ministry official, the Home Ministry requested a "factual report" from the Maharashtra government on Ms Rana's accusation of detention and "inhuman treatment" at Mumbai's Khar police station.
After the Lok Sabha Privilege and Ethics Committee requested a report from the Maharashtra government, the Home Ministry took action.
The couple has been charged with sedition, as well as encouraging hatred and assaulting a public servant to prevent them from performing their duties.