Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel on July 8 afternoon was given bail by the Gujarat High Court in the sedition case, but with a rider. The Patel leader has to leave the state for a period six months if he wants to be released from jail.
Patel’s lawyer Zubin Bharda said, “He will continue to remain in jail as he has been accused in another case—ruining a Gujarat MLA’s office. If he gets bail in that case on July 11, the PAAS leader will breathe fresh air after a period of nine months.”
It may be noted that the Patel leader was arrested and imprisoned in Surat in two different sedition cases filed by Ahmedabad and Surat Police.
Patel was arrested after he led the powerful Patidar community into a revolt against the ruling BJP. Patel was adamant that the Patidars be entitled to reserved government jobs and seats in colleges.
Patel’s arrest was followed by large-scale arson and violence by his supporters. Meanwhile, he assured the court of continuing the agitation peacefully.
Meanwhile, the state government has once again offered 10 percent of government jobs for economically weak sections, a move rejected as not good enough by the Patels.