Gujarat court cancels non-bailable warrant against Hardik Patel


A local in Gujarat has cancelled the non-bailable warrant against the Patidar leader, Hardik Patel, on Thursday.

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The court in Visnagar granted bail on Thursday after a warrant was issued by the same court against him on Wednesday for allegedly vandalising BJP MLA R Patel’s office in 2015, reported PTI.

The warrant was issued against Hardik Patel, convener of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), and six others including Sardar Parel Group (SPG) convener Lalji Patel by Visnagar sessions court judge V P Agarwal.

Earlier this week the Patidar leader was rumoured to have met the Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi even though he denied the media reports.

The Election Commission on Wednesday had announced the dates for Gujarat assembly elections adding that the polls will be held in two stages on 9 and 14 December.

Hardik Patel and others are accused of ransacking the office of Visnagar MLA Rishikesh Patel during the protest rally of Patidar community in July 2015.

Hardik Patel and others had in the past secured bail in the case.

The quota leader, through his lawyer Rajendra Patel, today moved an application seeking exemption from personal appearance citing his busy schedule. However, the court rejected his plea.

While the PAAS convener failed to appear before the court for second time, including today, Lalji Patel and others remained absent for the first time.

The same court had earlier rejected Hardik Patel’s plea seeking entry into Mehsana district, the epicentre of the quota stir. The young leader had requested the court to allow him to enter the district by relaxing the bail conditions prescribed by the Gujarat High Court.

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.