Mumbai, Sept. 18 -- The Bombay high court (HC) has asked Union minister Narayan Rane to file separate petitions to challenge the various first information reports (FIRs) registered against him across different cities regarding his remarks against Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on August 23.

Rane had filed a petition seeking the quashing of FIR by the Nashik Cyber police and had sought to include other cases registered at Mahad, Thane, Pune, Ahmednagar and Jalgaon in the plea as well.

However on Friday, after the state government assured that no coercive action will be taken against Rane till September 30, the court directed him to file separate petitions instead of one.

The division bench of justice SS Shinde and justice N...