Hardik Patel Moves Petition In Gujarat HC To Set Aside Sedition Charges Against Him

20/10/2015 4:44 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian convenor of the 'Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti', Hardik Patel, who led recent protests in the state of Gujarat demanding preferential treatment regarding jobs and university places for the Patidar caste, looks on during a press conference in New Delhi on August 30, 2015. A firebrand protest leader vowed August 30 to spread agitation over caste preferences nationwide, just days after the worst violence in more than a decade in western India left nine people dead. AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

AHMEDABAD -- A day after he was arrested, Patel-quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel today moved a petition before the Gujarat High Court seeking to set aside the sedition charges filed against him in Surat.

Hardik's father Bharat Patel moved the plea on behalf of his son through his advocate B M Mangukiya and stated that no offence can be attributed to the Patel leader.

"No offence can be disclosed by spoken words of Hardik and no overt act can be attributed to him by those words, thus no offence has been made out," the plea said.

The plea is likely to come up for hearing tomorrow.

A case of sedition was filed against Hardik for his alleged controversial remarks instigating his community youth to kill cops instead of committing suicide.

Hardik, who was detained by Rajkot rural police ahead of the India-South Africa One-Day International on Sunday as he had threatened to disrupt the match, was arrested yesterday by the Rajkot rural police for allegedly insulting the national flag.

Just after he was granted bail last evening by a local court in the flag case, Surat police had arrested him on the sedition complaint which was filed in that city.

Surat city DCP Makrand Chauhan had filed a complaint against Hardik in Amroli police station for advising a Patel youth to kill policemen.

The sedition case was filed under section 124(A) of IPC at Amroli Police Station in Surat under which any accused, if convicted, can be sentenced to maximum of life imprisonment, while the minimum sentence is of three years.

The section reads, "whoever, by words, either spoken or written..brings hatred or contempt, or excites disaffection towards the Government shall be punishable with imprisonment for life...or with minimum imprisonment up to three years."

Other IPC sections included in the FIR against Hardik are section 115 (Abetment of offence), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups, 505-2 (incite one community against another) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

The 22-year-old emerging Patel leader had on October 3 allegedly advised a Surat-based youth from his community to kill cops rather than ending his life.

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