Hardik’s bail plea rejected, father meets CM with demands

Gujarat Global News Network, Gandhinagar

A sessions court in Ahmedabad on Tuesday rejected the bail application of jailed Patidar anamat andolan samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel in sedition case even as his father and other community leaders met Chief Minister with a list of 27 demands. Hardik is in Surat jail since October 18 facing charges of “waging war against the nation” among others.

Additional sessions judge NG Dave pronounced his verdict in the open court while refusing to grant any relief to Hardik. Meanwhile, father of Hardik Patel, Bharatbhai, along with mediators like BJP MP from Porbandar Vitthal Radadia, community leader of Patels, Jairam Vansjaliya and others, met the chief minister Anandiben Patel today and submitted the demands listed by Hardik.

“As part of the ongoing talks with the government to arrive at a compromise regarding quota agitation, we met Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and BJP chief Vijay Rupani and handed over a sealed cover given to us by Hardik Patel when we met him in Surat jail,” Radadia told reporters after the meeting.

“The cover is having a list of 27 demands put forward by Hardik to work out a compromise formula,” Radadia said. Radadia and Vasjaliya have separately met Hardik many times inside the jail

“Since the cover was sealed when it was given to us, we don’t know the exact details of these 27 demands,” Radadia said when asked about the charter of demands. “Chief minister told us that she will go through the demands and give her response in due course. We think that government’s approach is positive,” Radadia said.

Though Radadia did not gave details of the demand of quota agitators, as earlier spelt out by Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) members, it includes quota for Patels, withdrawal of all cases against them and compensation for kin of those killed during quota agitation.

“I don’t want to comment on cases in courts. That is a legal process,” Radadia said when asked to comment on government’s stand on bail applications of Hardik and other PAAS leaders.

The state government has opposed the bail plea of Hardik Patel and his key aides, who are behind bars in sedition cases, in the courts. The state government has filed two separate sedition cases against Hardik. Various other cases have also been filed against him across the state.

Hardik is at present lodged in Surat’s Lajpore jail, while his three key aides are lodged in Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati jail. Patels are demanding their inclusion in OBC quota so that community members can get reservations in education and jobs. The agitation had turned violent and had claimed 10 lives last year.

The state government opposed the bail plea of Hardik stating that if he is granted bail he would again disrupt peace in the state. The government prosecutor cited several recent development saying that “Hardik has been protesting even from the jail and therefore there is high possibility of him to repeat the offence.”

The state submitted that due to violence protest for reservation the state suffered loss of around Rs40,0000 crore.

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