The Ranas were booked and arrested by station officials on April 23 for alleged offences of sedition and breach of harmony, after they declared their intention to chant the 'Hanuman Chalisa' outside , the personal residence of chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, in Bandra east.
By no stretch of imagination can the acts of the applicants be stated to constitute the offence of sedition.
Their plea said that the announcement to recite 'Hanuman Chalisa' was made to enlist popular support and there was no intention to cause ill-will or feelings of hatred.
The plea had stated that their statements had hence come within the ambit of Section 124A sedition.
On April 25, the couple moved a sessions court, seeking bail through their advocate Rizwan Merchant.
The call to recite Hanuman Chalisa outside Matoshree cannot by any stretch of imagination be treated as an attempt to incite one community against another.