A sessions court in Ahmedabad on Friday reserved its verdict on the bail application moved by Patidar reservation movement leader Hardik Patel in the sedition case lodged by Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB). The verdict is likely to be pronounced on Tuesday. In another sedition case lodged against Hardik in Surat, district court judge Geetaben Gopi adjourned the hearing till March 11, after the prosecution lawyer demanded more time to argue.
In Ahmedabad, the DCB had filed its reply earlier, opposing Hardik’s bail plea on the ground that if he was granted bail, he would again disrupt peace in the state. Appearing for DCB, special public prosecutor H M Dhruv said that Hardik had been protesting even from the jail and, therefore, and he could be linked to the offence. Dhruv told the court that the speech delivered by the accused at GMDC ground in Ahmedabad also incited violence as he and others appealed to damage public properties and “wage war against the state”. Defence lawyer Rafik Lokhandwala brushed aside the state’s argument, stating that the speech at GMDC ground and the transcript did not invite sedition.
In Surat, hearing on Hardik’s bail application has been adjourned for eight times due to different reasons. The defence finished its arguments on February 24. Defence lawyer Y B Wala said, “Under some pretext, District Government Pleader Nayan Sukhadwal has delayed hearing on the bail application. The government is also working on a compromise formula with Hardik.”
Government pleader Nayan Sukhadwala said, “I have demanded the citation copies of the Supreme Court and the High Court from the defence lawyer. I would study them to make arguments before the court. The defence lawyer had not provided the citation copies. Today, they had given me the copies.”