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Hardik Patel gets bail in sedition case

Hardik Patel. File

Hardik Patel. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

The court had observed that Mr. Patel was flouting his bail conditions by not cooperating with the trial proceedings and remaining absent.

The Ahmedabad sessions court on Wednesday granted bail to Congress leader and Patidar quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel who was arrested for evading court appearances in the sedition case filed by the Gujarat police.

Additional sessions judge B.G. Ganatra granted Mr. Patel bail on condition that he will cooperate with court proceedings and will not seek adjournment unless there is a genuine reason.

Mr. Patel was arrested after a non-bailable warrant was issued by the court which had observed that Mr. Patel was flouting his bail conditions by not cooperating with trial proceedings and remaining absent.

The court will hear the sedition case on January 24 during which Mr. Patel has to be present.

Last week, the judge issued an arrest warrant against Mr. Patel after accepting the government’s plea against exemption from appearance.

The Ahmedabad police had booked Mr. Patel in a case of sedition in connection with the violence which broke out in many parts of the State following a rally for Patidar quota here on August 25, 2015. Mr. Patel had led the agitation.

The Gujarat High Court granted him bail in July 2016. Subsequently in November 2018, the trial court framed charges against him and others.

Mr. Patel joined the Congress ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

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