Gujarat HC Upholds Sedition Charges Against Hardik

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Ahmedabad:  Gujarat High Court has upheld sedition charges against the Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel. HC has asked the police to scrap charges of promoting enmity between two communities.

He was arrested by the city crime branch on the charges of sedition and waging war against the government and had filed a plea in the Gujarat HC seeking to have the FIR against him quashed. The petition, filed by his lawyer BM Mangukia. His actions did not amount to sedition or waging war against the government,he said. The plea is likely to come up for hearing on Monday.

This is the second FIR against Hardik where he has been accused of sedition (under section 124-A of IPC). Earlier, Surat police had booked him for sedition for allegedly advising a Patel youth to kill policemen rather than committing suicide. Ahmedabad police’s crime branch filed a fresh FIR for sedition against Hardik and five of his associates after taking his custody from Surat police.

As per the FIR, Hardik and others allegedly incited the people to resort to violence after the Patel community’s massive rally here on August 25. In a related development, the High Court had also issued a notice to Gujarat government on petitions of three close aides Hardik’s, Chirag Patel, Ketan Patel and Dinesh Patel, who too have sought to quash the same FIR.

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