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Court issues non-bailable arrest warrant against Hardik Patel in 2015 case

Hardik Patel and others are accused of ransacking the office of Visnagar MLA Rishikesh Patel

Press Trust of India  |  Mehsana 

Hardik Patel
Hardik Patel (Photo: Facebook)

A in Visnagar on Wednesday issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against quota agitation spearhead after he failed to appear before it for the second consecutive time in a case of vandalising the office of a during the quota stir in 2015.

The warrant was issued against Hardik Patel, convener of the Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), and six others including Sardar Parel Group (SPG) convener Lalji Patel by Visnagar sessions judge V P Agarwal.

and others are accused of ransacking the office of Visnagar Rishikesh Patel during the protest rally of community in July 2015.

and others had in the past secured bail in the case.

The quota leader, through his lawyer Rajendra Patel, today moved an application seeking exemption from personal appearance citing his busy schedule. However, the rejected his plea.

While the PAAS convener failed to appear before the for the second time, including today, Lalji Patel and others remained absent for the first time.

The same had earlier rejected Hardik Patel's plea seeking entry into Mehsana district, the epicentre of the quota stir. The young leader had requested the to allow him to enter the district by relaxing the bail conditions prescribed by the Gujarat High

The community under has been agitating for reservation in government jobs and education.

The quota spearhead has been criticising the ruling for not accepting the demands of the community. Of late, he has intensified his attack against the as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the run-up to the Gujarat polls, scheduled to be held in two phases in December.

First Published: Wed, October 25 2017. 20:31 IST