A sessions court in Ahmedabad on Tuesday rejected the bail application of jailed Patidar reservation movement leader Hardik Patel in connection with the sedition case lodged by Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB). Hardik is in Surat jail since October 18 facing charges of “waging war against the nation” among others.
Additional sessions judge NG Dave pronounced his verdict in the open court while refusing to grant any relief to Hardik. The court had reserved the order on Friday following conclusion of hearing.
Hardik had moved the court on January 22 days after the DCB filed a 2700 page chargesheet against him, claiming that sedition case against him is false and fabricated. He had stated that the case is “politically motivated and has been lodged “with a view to suppress the voice of dissent of Patidar community.”
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“Agitation for reservation can’t be said unlawful in any manner as the aim and object of the applicant were reservation and not to strike the sovereign authorities of the state of Gujarat. It is the fundamental right of the citizen to question the legitimacy of the state with regard to development and upliftment of his caste,” his bail plea had claimed.
He also contended against the chargesheet by claiming, “The theoretical views of the applicant may or may not be possible but the applicant can’t be termed as the enemy of the state for raising the voice for his caste.”
The state government opposed the bail plea of Hardik stating that if he is granted bail he would again disrupt peace in the state. The government prosecutor cited several recent development saying that “Hardik has been protesting even from the jail and therefore there is high possibility of him to repeat the offence.”
The state submitted that due to violence protest for reservation the state suffered loss of around Rs40,0000 crore.
Patel quota stir: CM gets list of 27 demands from Hardik
Gandhinagar: BJP MP from Porbandar Vitthal Radadiya and Patidar leader Jerambhai Vansjaliya met Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Tuesday and handed over a sealed letter sent by Patidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel from jail.
Radadiya and Vansjaliya have been mediating talks between the quota stir leaders and Gujarat government.
Hardik’s father Bharat, who accompanied the group, said, “They have handed over a letter by Hardik containing a list of 27-odd demands that include appropriate action against atrocities committed against Patidar community during the agitation.” Radadiya said, “We don’t know the exact details of these 27 demands.” ENS