Court defers framing of charges against Patidar leader Hardik Patel in a sedition case

AHMEDABAD: A local court in Ahmedabad  deferred the process of framing of charges against  Hardik Patel and two others in a sedition case to next month. Hardik’s lawyer sought adjournment of the hearing as his application seeking discharge from the case is before the Gujarat High Court, and is likely to be heard on October 9.

Sessions judge D P Mahida accepted the request and deferred the framing of charges — a process after which trial starts — to October 12.Earlier, the court witnessed heated exchanges between the prosecution and defence.

Mr. Patel is facing two cases of sedition filed by Ahmedabad and Surat police in 2015 after the quota agitation violence in which 14 persons were killed in police firing. Hardik, who is out of bail in the case, had moved the high court in April this year after the lower court rejected his discharge application.

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