Hardik Patel Sent To 7 Days Police Custody In Sedition Case

25/10/2015 11:46 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - AUGUST 30: Hardik Patel, Convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), during an interview with Hindustan Times, at GK-II on August 30, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Patel announced in today's press conference that he won't allow any political party to join his agitation and he wants to turn the stir into a national movement. He strongly defended his demand for reservation for Patels or Patidars, saying they are not getting jobs due to reservation. He said, 'We are not here to meet any ministers. Political parties are not welcome in the agitation.' (Photo by Virendra Singh Gosain/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

AHMEDABAD -- An Ahmedabad court today sent Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel in seven days remand of Crime Branch of city police in connection with an alleged case of sedition and waging war against the State.

Metropolitan Magistrate S J Brahmbhatt passed the order on an application of the probe agency seeking 14 days remand.

The 22-year old leader of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) was produced before the magistrate at his residence late last night.

In a marathon hearing that lasted till early this morning, the probe agency said it needed to "know about the persons behind the quota agitation and the source of funding behind it".

Seeking a 14-day remand of Hardik, Crime Branch submitted that custody of the accused is needed to interrogate him to know who all have been supporting their agitation, whether PAAS is a registered organisation and how he was appointed as its convener.

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It also sought the remand to know that who funded the accommodation of people who attended various public rallies of Hardik.

The probe agency said that an investigation will have to be carried out on the aspects of rioting incidents that broke out every time when PAAS leaders were detained by the police in various parts of Gujarat.

As Hardik mentioned in a public rally here on August 25 that their agitation would give a blow to the present state government and will also harm the Centre, a probe is needed on this part to ascertain if he had hatched any conspiracy against the central and state governments, the plea said.

It said the emerging Patel leader had also incited members of his community to resort to violence across the state.

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