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 in different cities over his remarks against chief minister Uddhav Thackeray in August.

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

However on Friday, after the state 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 NJ Jamadar, while hearing Rane's petition, was informed by se...