Guj HC issues notice to Govt on Hardik Patel's discharge plea
Ahmedabad: The Patidar quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel on Friday approached the Gujarat High Court against a lower court decision rejecting his discharge application in a sedition case filed against him by the crime branch of Ahmedabad police in 2015.
Justice ZK Saiyad, after admitting Patel's plea, issued a notice to the Gujarat government and kept the matter for further hearing on May 8.
A case of sedition was registered against Patel and others by the crime branch following violence during an agitation in August, 2015 demanding OBC reservation benefits for the Patidar community.
He has been accused of inciting violence with intention to dislodge the government after a rally addressed by him turned violent in August 2015. At least 13 people had died in the violence.
In February this year, the city sessions court judge Dilip Mahida had rejected his discharge application, thereby allowing framing of charges against him in the sedition case.
The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader is currently out on bail in the case. He then moved the plea before the sessions court claiming that there was no evidence against him to frame charges and that the prosecution's case did not hold.
However, rejecting his plea, the sessions court accepted the prosecution's argument that there was material evidence against Patel based on which charges could be framed.
The sessions court had noted that evidence in the form of speeches, conversations and forensic evidence established an offence as mentioned in the FIR.