Charges framed against Patidar OBC quota stir leader Hardik Patel in a sedition case dating back to 2015. Two of his colleagues, Dinesh Bambhaniya and Chirag Patel, were also named in the case by sessions court in Ahmedabad, court framed the charges under Sections 124(A) (sedition) and 120(b) (criminal conspiracy), while reading out an 18-page chargesheet filed by the Ahmedabad crime branch. The trio have also been accused of inciting violence to pressurise the government to accept their demand for reservation for the Patel community.
All three pleaded not guilty and are now out on bail. “Charges of sedition, war against government, instigating people have been framed against me… as if I am out with weapons to wage war against the BJP… but I have faith in the judiciary. I will fight and will go to higher court if need be,” Hardik said coming out of the court.
He alleged that he had no faith in the Ahmedabad crime branch, whose chargesheet is the basis of the charges framed today. “Its(Crime branch) head JK Bhatt is facing corruption charges. Previously, Abhay Chudasama and DG Vanzara also faced cases. So how can one have trust in this crime branch,” Hardik questioned.
He also said, “The Crime branch said I led an agitation though reservation for Patidars is not possible. Why is it not possible… the crime branch should not mislead the people.” Hardik was referring to a Rs 2 crore bribe charge levelled against Bhatt by an absconding ponzi scheme accused and the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case that Chudasama and Vanzara were involved in.