Hardik moves Gujarat HC to set aside sedition charges
Hardik Patel of Patel quota agitation moved a petition before Gujarat seeking to set aside the sedition charges filed against him in Surat. The plea was moved by Patel’s father
and stated that no offence can be attributed to the Patel leader.
The plea said “No offence can be disclosed by spoken words of Hardik and no overt act can be attributed to him by those words, thus no offence has been made out.”
A case of sedition was filed against Patel for his alleged controversial remarks instigating his community youth to kill cops instead of committing suicide.
Just after Patel was granted bail by a local court in the flag case, Surat police had arrested him in the sedition complaint which was filed in that city.
The sedition case was filed under section 124(A) of IPC at Amroli Police Station in Surat under which any accused, if convicted, can be sentenced to maximum of life imprisonment, while the minimum sentence is of three years.
The section reads, “whoever, by words, either spoken or written brings hatred or contempt, or excites disaffection towards the Government shall be punishable with imprisonment for life…or with minimum imprisonment up to three years.”