The Gujarat High Court Wednesday barred any sort of media coverage of court proceedings on the habeas corpus petition filed by two associates of Patidar reservation stir leader Hardik Patel after the latter went “missing” on October 22.
The petitioners had moved court past midnight, alleging that Hardik was kidnapped by Gujarat Police. Although Hardik surfaced the very next day, the petition was moved as the state government wanted the petitioners to substantiate the allegation of kidnapping before disposing of the case.
On Wednesday, as the matter was being heard, petitioners’ lawyer B M Mangukia sought the court’s intervention to bar media from coverage. Following the argument, the division bench of Justices K S Jhaveri and R P Dholaria passed an order stating that “publicity in any form — electronic or print media — shall not be given to the matter.”