Sedition case – court issues non-bailable warrant against Hardik PatelJanuary 18, 2020
Ahmedabad:A local court here today issued non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Congress leader Hardik Patel in a sedition case lodged by the crime branch of Ahmedabd police for the widespread violence that erupted after his Patidar quota rally here on the GMDC ground on August 25, 2015.
The court of Additional Sessions Judge B J Ganatra issued the NBW against Hardik for his repeated absence during the ongoing hearing of the sedition case.
Government counsel Sudhir Brahmbhatt said that he pleaded that Hardik was granted bail in the case by the Gujarat High court on the condition that he would cooperate during the trail but he was not appearing before the trial court. He was also not cooperating in the speedy hearing of the case.
He said that the court rejected his plea for exemption from personal appearance and issued NBW and posted January 24 as the next date of the hearing.
Brahmbhatt said that with the issuance of the NBW, Hardik could be arrested or his bail could also be cancelled. The court might also cancel the warrant if he surrenders before it.
Notably, two of the other accused of the sensational case Chirag Patel and Dinesh Bambhaniya appeared before the court today.
Hardik was booked in another sedition case in Surat for his alleged provocative suggestion to his aides to kill policemen and he was also on bail in that matter. He was jailed in these cases and had also spent six months outside Gujarat as part of his bail condition. Several government run buses, police stations were torched and other public property including railway tracks damaged during the violence that had erupted after the rally in Ahmedabad. The crime branch of the city police in its charge sheet alleged that Hardik and his aides had spread the violence under a conspiracy.
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