Gujarat govt opposes Hardik’s bail, says agitation was seditious

The Gujarat government on Thursday opposed the bail plea of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel, saying that the “conduct and behaviour” of the accused showed it was seditious in nature.

Public Prosecutor Mitesh Amin, who began his argument against Hardik’s bail plea in the court of Justice A J Desai, told the court that “conduct and behaviour” of accused Hardik since the beginning of the agitation was against the government and seditious in nature.

The court kept the matter for further hearing post summer vacation, on June 9 as the government lawyer said that he cannot finish his arguments in a day. The high court will go for vacation from coming Saturday.

Questioning the statement made in a voluntary undertaking given before the court by Hardik’s lawyer on Wednesday, Amin said the clause that he will continue agitation with a rider that it will be peaceful, was not acceptable as given the history of Patidar agitation, it was not likely to remain peaceful.

Amin highlighted Hardik’s behaviour as ‘stubborn’ for insisting that chief minister Anandiben Patel herself should come to collect memorandum at GMDC ground where a huge rally turned violent on August 25 last year.

Hardik’s insistence led to his detention, he told the court. The violence that broke out following his detention could have incurred loss to the tune of around Rs 100 crore, Amin told the court.

He also questioned Hardik’s visit to Vipul Desai’s home in Surat where he made a statement saying Vipul (who had threatened suicide) should kill policemen rather than end his life.

He further said that Hardik made several statements to incite public during the India-South Africa match in Rajkot on October 18, where he himself went. Amin also told the court that the HC had set aside quashing a petition filed by the accused in two FIRs lodged in Surat and Ahmedabad.

He said that the state government has issued an ordinance for 10 per cent reservation for economically weak among upper castes.

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