Visnagar court in Gujarat today sentenced Patidar leader Hardik Patel to 2 years imprisonment in a case of rioting and arson in 2015.
The sessions court at Visnagar, held Hardik Patel, along with two of his aides, Lalji Patel and A K Patel, guilty of vandalising a BJP MLA Rishikesh Patel’s office in Visnagar.
The 3 were held guilty under IPC sections pertaining to rioting, arson, damage to property and unlawful assembly by Judge VP Agarwal and awarded 2 years imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 50,000 each. However, the 3 have been granted bail.
The other 14 accused were let off by the court for want of enough evidence against them, reported news agency PTI.
Hardik Patel is one of the accused in the FIR which was filed at Visnagar in Mehsana district on July 23, 2015, when a rally of the Patel community seeking reservation turned violent, resulting in damage to property and assault on some media persons.
During the violent agitation, the mob had torched a car and vandalised the office of local BJP MLA Rishikesh Patel.
Earlier, ahead of the court verdict, Patel appealed to his supporters to remain calm in case it goes against him in a video message posted on his Facebook page.
Earlier in 2017, the court in Visnagar granted Hardik bail after a warrant was issued by the same court against him for 2015 case.
The Patidar community under Hardik Patel has been agitating for reservation in government jobs and education.
The quota spearhead has been criticising the ruling BJP for not accepting the demands of the community. Of late, he has intensified his attack against the BJP as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi.