Gujarat Court Issues Non-Bailable Warrant Against Patidar Leader Hardik Patel For Vandalizing BJP MLA’s Office
New Delhi, Oct 25: A local court in Gujarat’s Mehsana district on Wednesday issued a non-bailable warrant against Patidar leader Hardik Patel and a few of his aides.
The non-bailable warrant against Hardik, convener of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), and others has been issued in a case concerning an attack on BJP MLA Rishikesh in 2016.
Visnagar was one of the main centres of Patidar agitation in 2015 and the BJP MLA’s office in the town was also attacked during the agitation which was spearheaded by Hardik Patel.
Patel, who has been in news for holding a secret meeting with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi at a hotel in Ahmedabad, was arrested and slapped with sedition charges during the violent agitation in which nine people were killed.
He was released on bail in July, 2016 after spending nine months behind bars.
Following the large-scale violence in Gujarat after the Patel community’s mega rally in Ahmedabad on August 25, 2015, the city crime branch had arrested Hardik, his aides Ketan, Dinesh Bambhania and Chirag Patel and charged them under IPC sections 124A (sedition) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).
In July this year, Ketan had moved the sessions court with a plea for pardon and expressed his desire to turn an approver in the case.