The state government on Tuesday filed an affidavit opposing the application moved by Congress leader Hardik Patel seeking modification in his bail condition to move beyond Gujarat. The affidavit stated that Hardik Patel doesn’t have respect for court proceedings and intentionally remains absent to delay the trial.
Advocate Anand Yagnik appearing for the petitioner argued that the fact that the Assistant Public Prosecutor was filing an affidavit at the last moment in the case itself shows that the state wants to delay the proceedings.
The court has kept further hearing in the matter on October 29.
The affidavit further says that Hardik Patel was not present at home when the police went to his house to serve the arrest warrant. It further said some other person was residing at the address which Patel had registered with police when they went to summon him with an arrest warrant.
Hardik intentionally remains absent to avoid court proceedings hence his application should be rejected, the state argued.
What is Hardik Patel’s contention?
A petition was filed by Hardik Patel stating that as the working president of Gujarat Congress, he had to participate in several political meetings outside Gujarat. It also said that he needs to visit Bihar and other places for campaigning for his party and he needs to visit his lawyers in Delhi for consultation in cases pending before the Supreme Court.
Earlier the Ahmedabad Sessions Court had rejected Hardik’s bail modification plea citing that “he is trying to delay court proceedings and due to which he cannot be granted the 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 that he cannot leave Gujarat without the court’s permission.
Opposing Hardik Patel’s modification of bail application before Sessions Court the state argued that Hardik had not remained present 61 times during the trial court proceedings. 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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