Sources say that Rane and his supporters were stopped at the plaza and were asked to pay tax, which offended them. In the year 2009 in the month of December, he was held by the Mumbai police for leading a violent mob outside the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) protesting against water cuts in the city.
This year August, he was under the scanner for his controverisal Tweet on Gujaratis in Mumbai. He had tweeted,"Veg skies, veg hospitals, veg housing societies ... soon veg Mumbai! Either Gujjus go back to Gujarat or they turn Mumbai into Gujarat ... Red alert." Following this, the Maharashtra Legislative council asked the state government to initiate action against him as it may have created "social discord".
Apart from this, he had earlier attacked author-columnist Shobhaa De for her satirical Tweet to accord Mumbai with statehood. Nitesh retweetd, threatening the author, "Rather than twitter, Shoba De shud say the same thing on the streets of Mumbai openly after which she won't be left with any 'shoba' forever (sic)."
Currently, he and his supporters have been booked for rioting, obstructing a public servant from doing his duty and causing damage to public property in the toll plaza vandalizing case.