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Gujarat drops case against Hardik Patel for ‘insulting’ tri-colour

Rajkot Collector Vikrant Pandey passed the order to withdraw the case against Hardik Patel following instructions from the state government

By: Express News Service | Rajkot | Updated: October 13, 2017 12:25 am
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The Gujarat government has withdrawn a case against Patidar leader Hardik Patel, in which he was accused of insulting the Tricolour nearly two years ago.

Rajkot Collector Vikrant Pandey on Wednesday said that he has issued the order to withdraw the case against Hardik following instructions from state government. The government has also withdrawn five other cases related to the 2015 violence during the Patidar quota stir in the district.

“As per the instruction received from the state government, we have withdrawn (the) case(s) against Hardik and other activists of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, which were registered in Rajkot district,” Pandey said, adding that further formalities will be completed in court.

Reacting to the withdrawal of the case of insulting the Tricolour, Hardik on Thursday tweeted: “Still there are five cases against me filed by the BJP government. During election season, the BJP has a habit of speaking lies.”

Police had said Hardik jumped over the Tricolour on his way to Khandheri cricket stadium to disrupt the India-South Africa one-day match scheduled that day.

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    Bharat Maa
    Oct 12, 2017 at 4:37 pm
    What else can be reason than election in Gujarat , as BJP vikas in gujarat has gone crazy.
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      Arko
      Oct 12, 2017 at 4:18 pm
      BJP government is turning out to be worse then India emergency period ....trying their best to silence its opposition within and outside party by state machineries. I won't be surprised if BJP try to rigg 2019 general election...
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        mik
        Oct 12, 2017 at 3:44 pm
        BJP and RSS don't respect Tricolor so they withdrawn case, anyhow RSS and BJP can use their mother and sister to win elections.
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        1. Jagdish Chander
          Oct 12, 2017 at 1:39 pm
          Why has the Govt not waited for Court's order? If Hardik had insulted the national flag and govt has withdrawn case does it not mean that Gujrat Govt is insulting flag?
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            Asish
            Oct 12, 2017 at 1:31 pm
            This Hardik Patel has made the rest of the Patel community against the rest of India. I hope Patels are aware of what they are doing through this. Afterall this country is a result of effort of Sardar Patel.
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            1. Ajaypal Sidhu
              Oct 12, 2017 at 2:12 pm
              He has not made the Patels go against anyone, but the BJP. But the sad part is that for you BJP means India. What a sad state of affairs where people are so blinded by ideology that they don't care even if the long term interests of the nation are being harmed!
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                Bharat Maa
                Oct 12, 2017 at 4:38 pm
                Paid bhakt found.
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