Hardik Patel’s Jail term, Gujrat High Court stays till next hearing

Ahmedabad: The Gujrat High Court suspended the jail term awarded by a trial court to Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel in a 2015 rioting case. The stay order, passed by Justice S. H. Vora, would be valid till the next hearing.

A mob of up to 500 people had turned violent and vandalised the then BJP legislator Rushikesh Patel’s office during a rally organised in 2015 to demand job and educational quota for the Patel community. The High Court has given its order in a case filed by me. Now whatever process is required in the High Court, we will do that,” Hardik Patel told reporters soon after the order.

Other than Hardik, two others who got jail term include Sardar Patel Group leader Laljibhai Patel and A. K. Patel. Fourteen others who were also booked for rioting, arson, damage to property and unlawful assembly, were, acquitted by the trial court. We are seeking permission as per our democratic rights and hope that they would agree,” Hardik said.