Hardik Patel held guilty gets two years in jail

Hardik Patel held guilty gets two years in jail

Courtesy : NJ26/07/2018 08:01

A Gujarat court on Wednesday sentenced Patidar leader Hardik Patel to two years imprisonment in a case of rioting and arson in Visnagar town during the quota stir in 2015. 

Judge V P Agarwal,of the sessions court at Visnagar in Mehsana district, held guilty Hardik Patel and his two aides, Lalji Patel and AK Patel under IPC sections pertaining to rioting, arson, damage to property and unlawful assembly. The three were awarded two years imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 50,000 each. The other 14 accused were let off by the court for want of enough evidence against them.

 Hardik Patel was one of the accused in the FIR which was filed at Visnagar in Mehsana district on July 23, 2015, when a rally of the Patel community seeking reservation turned violent, resulting in damage to property and assault on some media persons.

During the violent agitation, the mob had torched a car and vandalised the office of local BJP MLA Rishikesh Patel during 2015 patidar quota protests

Last year, the Visnagar sessions court had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against the quota agitation leader after he failed to appear before it for the second consecutive time. The warrant was, however, cancelled after Patel gave an assurance to remain present during consequent hearings.

 Hardik patel  and others were accused of ransacking the office of Visnagar MLA Rishikesh Patel during the protest rally of the Patidar community in July 2015.

Several cases were filed against Patel and other Patidar leaders for violence during an agitation in August, 2015 demanding OBC reservation benefits for the Patidar community. A case of sedition was also registered against Patel and others by the crime branch.

He has been accused of inciting violence with an 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 leader is currently out on bail in the case.The sessions court had noted that evidence in conversations and forensic evidence established an offence as mentioned in the FIR.

On January 18, 2016, the crime branch had filed a charge sheet of around 2,700 pages against Hardik and three others identified as Dinesh Bambhania, Ketan Patel and Chirag Patel. Among these, Ketan has turned approver in the case.

 

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