The Surat district court handed over custody of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel to Ahmedabad crime branch, which will now probe him and his five associates on sedition charges.
The DCB, Ahmedabad, claims possession of purported phone conversations between Hardik and his associates about blocking highways ahead of the Rajkot ODI and of other Patidars planning to “burn Gujarat”. Its FIR also lists speeches made by Hardik where he purportedly mentioned about “becoming Bhagat Singh and bombing the assembly”.
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His remand with Surat police ended Friday and the district court rejected further remand application. Mehsana and Ahmedabad police officials were present in the court on Friday to get Hardik’s custody.
Dressed in grey track pants and a T-shirt, Hardik appeared unperturbed, joking around with lawyers. He was brought in by Surat crime branch officials at 3.55 pm. The courtroom was packed with lawyers.
The Surat district government pleader sought four more days of remand on the grounds that two more names have come out from the phone call transcripts of Hardik. The police also produced transcripts of purported phone conversations between Hardik and other Patidar leaders to tell Vipul Desai to give statements, clarifying that he had not spoken about killing of policemen.
The crime branch sleuths also handed report of voice spectography conducted on the Patidar leader.
Before the case proceedings started, defence lawyer Y D Wala met Hardik Patel in the court premises, and asked if he had been harassed or tortured in police custody, which he denied.
Hardik’s lawyer argued that the crime branch conducted spectography test on October 21 and they had enough time to find out two other accused with whom Hardik had spoken to, and therefore no further remand was needed.