Congress MLA Nitesh Rane who was arrested for pouring bucket of mud on an NHAI engineer over the condition of highway was on Wednesday granted bail. Rane, who kicked up a controversy after manhandling the engineer and even remaining defiant initially, was granted bail for a surety of Rs 20,000, said reports.
A Sindhudurg court had on Tuesday remanded Nitesh Rane and 17 of his supporters in judicial custody till July 23 in connection with last week's assault.
Another condition of the bail is that the MLA should appear before Kankavli police station every Sunday and not repeat such offence. On Tuesday, Rane and his supporters were produced before the court in Kankavli after their police custody expired.
Rane, who is the legislator from Kankavli, was on July 4, inspecting potholes on the Mumbai-Goa highway. He was reportedly upset because of the deteriorating condition of the road.
In a video of the incident, the legislator was seen pushing the engineer, identified as Prakash Shede, while his supporters poured buckets of mud over the official's head. A group of Rane's supporters, allegedly belonging to the Swabhiman Sanghatna, were then seen tying up Shede by the side of the bridge.