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Gujarat High Court allows Hardik Patel to travel out of state till December 2

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The Gujarat High Court on Friday granted interim relief to Congress leader Hardik Patel to move outside Gujarat. The relief applies from November 11 to December 2.

The court asked for the program schedule of Hardik Patel and the same was submitted by his counsel. Taking into consideration the same, the court allowed Hardik Patel to go outside Gujarat for a limited period.

Earlier, the state had filed an affidavit opposing the application moved by the Congress leader seeking modification in his bail condition to allow him to travel beyond Gujarat.

The affidavit stated that Hardik Patel has no respect for court proceedings and intentionally remains absent to delay the trial.

Advocate Anand Yagnik appearing for the petitioner argued before the court that at the last moment, the Assistant Public Prosecutor was filing an affidavit and this itself showed that the state wants to delay the proceedings.

The state government’s affidavit further said that the Congress leader was not present at home when the police went to his house to serve the arrest warrant and that someone else was residing there.

They sought that Hardik’s application is rejected as he intentionally remains absent to avoid court proceedings.

What did Hardik Patel’s application say?

A petition was filed by Patel stating that as a working president of Gujarat Congress, he has to participate in several political meetings outside Gujarat.

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The petition also stated that he needs to visit Bihar and other places to campaign for his party. He said he needs to visit his lawyers in Delhi for consultation of cases pending before the Supreme Court.

Earlier, the Ahmedabad Sessions Court rejected Hardik’s bail modification plea citing that he was trying to delay court proceedings due to which he cannot be granted permission to leave Gujarat.

Hardik Patel was granted bail on January 22, after he was arrested by Ahmedabad Crime Branch for failing to appear before the court in a sedition case of 2015. The court granted him conditional bail which prevented him from leaving Gujarat without the court’s permission.

Opposing Hardik Patel’s modification of bail application before the Sessions Court, the prosecution argued that – Hardik failed to remain present 61 times during the proceedings in the trial court.

He had violated the bail conditions of the trial court and also of Gujarat High Court.

The Ahmedabad Crime Branch registered a sedition case against Hardik for violence in several places in the state after a rally during the Patidar agitation in August 2015. The Gujarat High Court granted him bail in July 2016.

 

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