Sedition case: Surat police file chargesheet against Hardik Patel

The 370-page chargesheet will be given to Hardik on Monday, the court said, rejecting his lawyer’s application seeking a copy.

By: Express News Service | Surat | Updated: January 9, 2016 3:51 am

The Surat Police filed a chargesheet against Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel in a Surat local court in the sedition case on Friday.

The 370-page chargesheet will be given to Hardik on Monday, the court said, rejecting his lawyer’s application seeking a copy. Hardik is lodged at Surat Central Jail. Surat police had also recovered mobile phones of Hardik and other Patidar leaders, which were sent to Gandhinagar FSL to retrieve data that was deleted.

Acting on the direction of the apex court, the Surat crime branch officials reached the court of the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) and submitted the chargesheet copy and the transcripts of telephone conversations between Hardik and others, WhatsApp messages, CDs of Call Data Reports and other documentary evidence. The chargesheet copy lists the testimonies of 148 witnesses.

Meanwhile, Surat Crime Branch sleuths arrested two Patidar youths — Chirag Desai and Vipul Desai —under sedition charges in the same case lodged against Hardik. Both were sent to 14-day judicial custody at Surat Central Jail.

Chirag Desai (33), a businessman, and Vipul Desai (28), a businessman and an RTI activist — both residents of Krishna township at Mota Varachha in Surat — were arrested in the complaint lodged by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 3) Markand Chauhan at Amroli police station on October 19. They were arrested under charges of creating disaffection, abetment and destruction of evidence under Sections 124(A), 115 and 201 of the IPC, respectively.

The two were Friday produced before the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class J B Rathod, who sent them to judicial custody as no remand was demanded by police.

On September 28, Vipul Desai had handed an application to Varachha police station, threatening to commit suicide to protest the “police atrocity” against Patidars. On October 3, Hardik went to see him. He reportedly advised Vipul that Patidars were not born to die and instead they should “kill 2-5 policemen”.

During the probe, police added the names of Vipul, Chirag and Alpesh Katheriya, Surat PAAS co-convenor, as co accused.

Surat Detection of Crime Branch police inspector J H Dahiya said, “Apart from Hardik, we have arrested two more accused, Chirag and Vipul,while Alpesh is yet to be arrested. Chirag and Vipul were present on the spot when Hardik made the statement while Alpesh’s role was to destroy evidence and tell Vipul to change his statements.”

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  1. मनीष
    Jan 11, 2016 at 12:13 am
    58 Rajya Sabha MPs have moved a peion before the Chairman seeking impeachment of Gujarat High Court judge J B Pardiwala for his alleged “unconsutional” remarks against reservation made in the Hardik Patel case. ***Portion of Justice Pardiwala’s order ===gt;gt;gt; If I am asked by any one to name two things, which has destro this country or rather, has not allowed the country, to progress in the right direction, then the same is, (i) Reservation and (ii) Corruption. It is very shameful for any citizen of this country to ask for reservation after 65 years of independence. When our Consution was framed, it was understood that the reservation would remain for a period of 10 years, but unfortunately, it has continued even after 65 years of independence. The biggest threats, today, for the country is corruption. The countrymen should rise and fight against corruption at all levels, rather than shedding blood and indulging in violence for the reservation. The reservation has only pla the role of an amoeboid monster sowing seeds of discord amongst the people. The importance of merit, in any society, cannot be understated. The merit stands for a positive goal and when looked at instrumentally, stands for “rewarding those actions that are considered good”. Then, this instrumental nature of merit that should be given importance – emphasizing on and rewarding merit is a means towards achieving what is regarded as good in the society. The parody of the situation is that India must be the only country wherein some of the citizens crave to be called backward.
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    Anand Sudan
    Jan 9, 2016 at 1:24 pm
    Law needs to take its own course and law breakers like Hardik should be dealt with seriously as his agitation was not based on non violence.
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    Bijan Mohanty
    Jan 9, 2016 at 12:29 pm
    Charge of Sedition against Hardik is just ridiculous . Clever ploy by Guj. Govt. to detain him on false charges. The usual Modi trick. Govt. role to provoke the agitationists should be probed. This does not mean We support the agitation.
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    Bijan Mohanty
    Jan 9, 2016 at 12:22 pm
    Who received the bundle ? You ??
  5. K
    Jan 8, 2016 at 10:59 pm
    The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, does not tolerate dissenting voices. This is the democracy that the crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, has introduced to the country. Anyone voices dissent, arrest him under sedition. But were not the judges given special plots for the houses in prime locations by the state government? These cases of sedition must go to the International human rights organisations.
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    madan gupta
    Jan 9, 2016 at 1:41 am
    केस वेस को छोड़ो सीधा मारो , साथ साथ शत्रु को भी.
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    madan gupta
    Jan 10, 2016 at 12:10 am
    देश द्रोही को मरो.
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    Shaina Agrawal
    Oct 6, 2016 at 7:10 pm
    please give your views without supporting any political party and you will get what's right and wrong. If you heard Hardik Patel's Speech, asking the goverment to either remove reservation or to give Patel's reservation was the basic conclusion. lt;br/gt;What is wrong with it? We all know conditions of many castes has improved since Independence but they all are still enjoying reservation right because of which many people who inspite having merit lack behind. In such a case it is Hardik Patel spreading castiesm or the people who never thought of reviewing reservation policies are spreading Castiesm. Why was he charged with Sedition?lt;br/gt;if you go throurgh the SSt books Freedom Of Speech is a merit of Indian Democracy, and that right should not be taken away, there is no improvement without criticism.
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