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3 aides of Hardik Patel get bail in sedition case


They are accused of inciting violence to mount pressure on the government for accepting the demand of reservations for the Patel community.

Gandhinagar : The Gujarat High Court on Thursday granted bail to three close confidants of Patidar Ananat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convenor Hardik Patel who are facing charges of sedition like their leader.

The three granted bail were Chirag Patel, Ketan Patel and Dinesh Bambhania and it was made subject to the condition that the three will not leave Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar for the next six months. They also had to submit a written undertaking stating that they will not indulge in any activity that may cause law and order problem

After they gave the undertaking, government pleader and the Investigating Officer of the sedition case said that they do have problem if the three are given bail in view of the undertaking submitted by them.

Earlier, an Ahmedabad lower court had rejected  the bail plea of the three despite their having given a written undertaking to the court that they would not take part in any activity related to the ongoing Patel pro-quota stir. The three had challenged the order of the lower court in the Gujarat High Court.

It was on October 21 last year that the police had arrested Dinesh and Chirag from the High Court complex itself. The same day the police also arrested Ketan, all three on charges of sedition.

In fact, Ahmedabad Crime Branch had registered a case against Hardik and his associates under IPC sections 124(A) (sedition), 121 (A) (conspiracy to wage war against the government) and 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy) for their role in the violent stir in which  11 people including a policeman were killed.

 In another sedition case registered in Surat, a local court there granted bail to Vipul Desai and Chirag Patel on a bond of Rs 25000.

 Meanwhile, jailed PAAS convener Hardik Patel was also presented before a local court in Surat in connection with one of the two sedition cases against him on Thursday.