Gujarat HC declines to drop sedition charges against Hardik Patel

Resorting to violence to force the government to fulfill the demand not right, says the court

GN Bureau | October 27, 2015


#Hardik Patel   #Patel   #Gujarat High Court   #Gujarat  

Gujarat High Court on Tuesday refused to quash sedition case slapped against Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel. He had moved the high court on Monday after he was arrested on charges of sedition and waging war against the government.

The court said today that prima facie, sedition charges hold against him and directed the police to continue further investigation. It has, however, asked for charges that accuse him of creating animosity between communities to be dropped from the complaint.

Refusing reprieve to Hardik, the court said no body has the right to promote violence. The court observed that while demanding quota was not illegal, resorting to violence to force the government to fulfill the demand was certainly not right.  The court observed that while "every individual in a democracy has the right to express his/her political opinion, nothing which leads to violence or hatred is permissible under the law."

On October 3, Hardik had met Vipul Desai of Surat who had announced that he would commit suicide in support of the agitation. "If you have so much courage...then go and kill a couple of policemen. Patels never commit suicide," he allegedly told him.

His remarks were aired by a local TV channel and were shared on social media, sparking a controversy.

Hardik’s petition said the FIR was only aimed at suppressing the agitation of the Patel community for reservation in OBC category. His actions did not amount to sedition or waging war against the government, it said.

There has been two FIRs 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. His petition seeking to scrap that FIR is already before the high court.

Hardik is currently in the custody of Ahmedabad crime branch. The 22-year-old leader of Patel community's agitation for reservations was arrested on October 19 and booked by the police on sedition charges.

Comments

 

Other News

“Key milestones achieved in Assam”

In an interview with Governance Now, Anil Kumar Jha, special DGP, CID, Assam, who is also nodal officer for the CCTNS project, speaks of what the system in its present form has helped his state achieve. What is the current status of CCTNS in Assam and its outcome?

Crime tracking project: Bugged from the beginning

A stand-off between the ministry of home affairs (MHA) and software development firm Wipro seems to have long held up the Rs 2,000 crore crime and criminal tracking network and systems (CCTNS) project, conceptualised ten years ago. The project aims to digitise and connect all police stations in the country

Activists question displacement and dispossession of marginalised communities

Questioning the development model pushed ahead for profit oriented growth, social and political activists, academicians, financial analysts and civil society organisations are holding a three day confluence of Peoples’ Convention on Infrastructure Financing in Mumbai.     &nb

The enemy within

About one-fourth of India’s elderly face abuse at the hands of those they trust the most – the son (52%)  followed  by the daughter in law (34%),spouse/partner (14%), daughter(6%)  grandchild (6%), son in law(3%), parent(1%) and care giver(1%), reveals a report by the HelpAge Ind

Who has been investing in India through Mauritius?

The official statistics provided by the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) under the ministry of commerce and industry shows that between January 2000 and December 2017, India received $368 billion of foreign direct investment (FDI). It also says that Mauritius was the source of $125 bill

The neighbour and the valley

The declaration communicated through the director general of military operations (DGMO) of Pakistan and India on May 29, 2018, to implement the ceasefire agreement of 2003 between the two countries in “letter and  spirit” has opened up an opportunity to restore peace in the disturbed Kashm

Current Issue

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter