Patidar quota spearhead Hardik Patel Monday urged a Surat court to conduct polygraph test and narco analysis of the Surat Central Jail authorities to find out the veracity of their allegations against him. The jail authorities had earlier moved the court seeking to shift Hardik Patel to another prison because of his ‘uncivilised behaviour’ and recovery of mobile phones and other items from his possession that they said posed ‘threat’ to security of the facility. The court fixed further hearing of the case to April 4.
Hardik was produced before the Surat district principal and sessions judge by the police Monday afternoon. Hardik Patel’s lawyer, Y B Wala, in his affidavit to the court denied all the allegations made by the jail authorities against Hardik. Further, Hardik had mentioned in his application that he wanted to stay in Surat jail and the jail authorities’ plea for shifting him to other jail be rejected.
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Jailor Paresh Patel remained present in the court Monday afternoon. After hearing both the parties, the court further fixed the hearing of the case to April 4.
During the last hearing on March 15, the jail authorities had filed an affidavit before the Surat court citing the recovery of two mobile phones and a battery from near his barrack; the recovery of a 1,000 rupee note from his possession, and his ‘misbehaviour’ with the jail staffer.
In his affidavit, Hardik says that all visitors to the jail premises are thoroughly checked by the jail officials, as a result of which, there is no possibility of any outside items being carried into the jail premises. In the FIR lodged with Sachin police station against Hardik Patel in connection with the recovery of two mobile phones near his barrack, the jail authorities had not mentioned his name. Till now, neither the Surat city police nor the jail authorities had taken the statements of Hardik after this complaint. About his misbehaviour with jail staffers, Hardik has been in the Surat Central Jail since September 23, 2015. Till now he had obeyed all the rules and regulation of the jail manuals and had not misbehaved with any of the jail official.
The affidavit further adds that Hardik had orally made allegations in the court against jail authorities for not allowing him to send letter to his relatives, and even his lawyers were not allowed to meet him. Keeping this in mind, the jail authorities had made baseless allegations against Hardik and had also lodged fabricated police complaints. In the application, Hardik had requested the court to reject the Surat jail authorities application for shifting him to other jail in the state.
Attacking the jail superintendent R N Pandey, Hardik further alleged that investigations should be done to find how the mobile phones and batteries were smuggled into the jail and Pandey alone can answer this question. The incidents of recovery of mobile phones, chargers and batteries in the Surat District Central Jail had been going on since long, not after my arrival in the jail.
“Polygraph test and Narco test should be done on the jail officials, so that clear picture will come out as to how such banned things smuggled into the jail,” he said.
“The Jail Superintendent has not taken any measure to stop the illegal activities going on in the jail but he keep on targeting me and makes false and baseless allegations against me before the Surat district court,” Hardik said.
Jail Superintendent R N Pandey said, “We are not making any baseless allegations against undertrial prisoner Hardik. Two cases had been registered against him with Sachin police station for recovery of the mobile phones and chargers. Apart from this, he had violated the jail rules and regulations, like recovery of 1,000 rupee note from his possession and even two times, he had misbehaved with the jail staffers. We will also put our answers in court on the next hearing on April 4.”