Gujarat High Court on Friday granted bail to Hardik Patel in sedition case but attached an condition that he will stay out of the state for 6 months.
Patel will, however, continue to remain in jail because of other case against him, said his lawyer lawyer Zubin Bharda.
Patel, the face of the Patidar movement in Gujarat against the ruling BJP, was arrested by Anandiben Patel government on sedition charges last year.
This was after he held a mammoth rally, causing consternation among the ruling establishment. A visibly frightened BJP government had quickly responded to launch a brutal crackdown on the Patel protesters prompting largescale violence.
Dozens of people were killed in police crackdown. The videos of BJP supporters causing violence against Patel residents too had gone viral.
The police’s role too had come under scrutiny after the death of Patel youth in police custody. The Gujarat High Court had ordered the state CID (crime) to investigate the custodial death of 32-year-old Patel youth, Shwetang Patel.
Hardik Patel had been booked with sedition charges on October 19 over his provocative remarks where he had asked his supporters to kill policemen rather than commit suicide for the cause of reservation.
Patel was arrested and imprisoned in a jail in Surat after he led a huge revolt of the Patidar community against the ruling BJP Government in the state.
Patel’s arrest was followed by large-scale arson and violence by his supporters in some of Gujarat’s biggest towns.
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