Hardik Patel’s lawyers on Monday filed a habeas corpus writ petition requesting the Rajasthan High Court to order state police to present the Patidar agitation leader before the court.
The petition, filed by Hardik’s lawyer Rafik Lokhandwala, accuses the police of illegally confining Hardik by placing him under house arrest at his temporary residence in Udaipur.
The Rajasthan government, DGP and Inspector General of Police, Udaipur, have been named respondents in the petition.
“Police officials wrongly and deliberately with malafide intention misinterpreted the conditions imposed upon the petitioner in the judgment dated 8.7.2016 by the Hon’ble Gujarat High Court,” the petition says.
“The said police officers told him that he will be put under ‘house arrest’ and threatened him not to go outside the circumscribing limits of his temporary residence otherwise he would have to face the dire consequences,” it adds.
Hardik has been living at a Congress leader’s house at Srinath Nagar locality of Udaipur, after being released on bail by the Gujarat High Court last month.
On July 20, the Udaipur IG summoned him and ordered him not to leave his temporary residence without obtaining prior permission from the Gujarat High Court.