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Congress MLA Hardik Patel Arrested in Sedition Case from Ahmedabad

Congress leader Hardik Patel was arrested from Viramgam taluka in Ahmedabad for failing to appear before a trial court in a 2015 sedition case.He will be produced before the court today.

Hardik was previously arrested in connection with a sedition case filed by the local Crime Branch after violence broke out during a rally in Ahmedabad on August 25, 2015.

The leader was granted bail in July, 2016, and the court had, in November 2018, framed charges against him and other accused in the case.

On Saturday, Additional Sessions Judge BG Ganatra issued an arrest warrant against Hardik, after accepting Gujarat government’s plea against an exemption application moved by the Patidar leader’s lawyer. The prosecution mentioned in the court that the accused intended to delay the trial by seeking regular exemption from appearance.

The court observed that Hardik has to be cross-examined in the case, was violating bail conditions by not remaining present regularly with the intention to delay trial.

Hardik was sent to judicial custody till 24th of this month.