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Gujarat court cancels arrest warrant against Hardik Patel in vandalism case

The court has kept the case for next hearing on November 15

Press Trust of India  |  Mehsana 

File photo of Hardik Patel
File photo of Hardik Patel

The Visnagar sessions on Thursday cancelled the non-bailable issued against quota agitation leader after he appeared before it and gave an assurance to remain present during hearings in the future.

Sessions judge V P Agarwal had yesterday issued warrants against Hardik Patel, the convener of Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), and six others, including Sardar Patel Group (SPG) convener Lalji Patel in a case of vandalising the office of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA during the quota stir in 2015.

The issued the warrants after failed to appear before it for the second consecutive time, while Lalji Patel and others were absent for the first time.

The cancelled the arrest warrants of and others after they appeared before it today and gave an assurance that they will remain present during the future hearings. Each of them also submitted surety bonds of Rs 5,000.

The has kept the case for next hearing on November 15.

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

The quota agitation spearhead and others had in the past secured in the case.

The same had earlier rejected Hardik Patel's plea seeking entry into Mehsana district, which was then the epicentre of the quota stir.

The young leader had requested the to allow him to enter the district by relaxing the conditions prescribed by the High

The community, under Hardik Patel, has been agitating for reservation in government jobs and educational institutes.

The quota agitation spearhead has been criticising the ruling BJP for not accepting the demands of the community.

Of late, he has intensified his attack against the BJP as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the run-up to the polls, scheduled to be held in two phases in December.

First Published: Thu, October 26 2017. 14:23 IST