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Hardik Patel faces sedition case: Gujarat High court

Hardik Patel faces sedition case: Gujarat High court
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Gujarat High Court on Tuesday said there is prime facie case of sedition against Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel, while refusing to quash the FIR filed against him in Surat.

Gujarat High Court on Tuesday said there is prime facie case of sedition against Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel, while refusing to quash the FIR filed against him in Surat.


However, the court has ordered to drop section 153 (A) (creating enmity between two communities) of IPC from the FIR. Justice J.B. Pardiwala said there is prime facie case of sedition against Hardik as he had advised a youth to kill policemen.

The court gave its verdict in the petition filed by the accused’s father Bharat Patel to quash the sedition FIR filed against him. “Advising a person to resort to violence and disturb peace in society amounts to sedition,” the court said.

Refusing to quash the sedition plaint, the court said, “Probe is in progress and picture will be clear by the end of the probe.” “It’s open for Patidars (Patels) to demand quota by peaceful means, but what’s not permissible is any act that may jeopardise public tranquillity,” the court said. Ordering to drop IPC section 153 (A) from the FIR, the court said that

Hardik’s statement does not promote enmity between two communities as it is against police. A case of sedition was filed against Hardik for his alleged controversial remarks instigating his community youth to kill policemen instead of committing suicide.

The sedition case has been filed under section 124(A) of IPC in Surat under which any accused, if convicted, can be sentenced to maximum of life imprisonment, while the minimum sentence is of three years.
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