Hardik Patel, the Gujarat Congress leader and the leader of the movement demanding reservation for the people of Gujarat’s Patidar community has been missing for many days. Hardik’s family has accused the Gujarat government of suppressing his voice and harassing him by targeting him. But in the meantime, the country’s largest court has given great relief to Hardik. The Supreme Court has granted anticipatory bail to Hardik till March 6 in the 2015 Patidar agitation case.
The court also restrained the Gujarat Police from arresting him in the Patidar agitation case. While protecting his arrest for a week, the apex court issued a notice to the Gujarat government seeking a reply on the progress of the investigation by next Friday. On July 23, 2015, a rally demanding reservation for the Patidars had turned violent in Visnagar. The mob also ransacked the office of Rishikesh Patel, then BJP MLA of the area.
It may be noted that on 25 August 2015, the Crime Branch had registered a complaint for the statewide sabotage and violence that took place after Patidar pro-reservation rally at GMDC ground in Ahmedabad. Many government buses, police posts and other government property were set on fire and around dozen people including a policeman were killed and many of whom died due to police firing. In charge sheet, the police accused Hardik and his associates of conspiring to spread violence.