Hardik Patel can leave Gujarat without court authorization for one year | Ahmedabad News
Ahmedabad: In a relief for Congress President Hardik Patel, a municipal court granted him permission to leave Gujarat without prior court permission for a year.
Patel’s travel restrictions were imposed in January 2020 by the court, which hears the 2015 sedition case against former Patidar President Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), while granting him bail. He was later arrested for repeatedly skipping hearings.
Patel’s attorney, Rafik Lokhandwala, filed a petition with the court and called for the bail condition to be removed permanently or for a two-year relaxation so that Patel does not have to seek court leave every time. time he has to leave Gujarat. It has been argued that Patel is a social activist and political leader and must frequently leave Gujarat for social activities.
It has also been argued that Patel is the Acting President of the Gujarat Congress and is required to travel to various places in India to attend social and political functions.
Patel’s request was strongly opposed by the city’s criminal branch cyber cell and it was argued that if he was allowed out of Gujarat, Patel might not be available during court hearings.
After hearing the case, Extra Sessions Judge BJ Ganatra suspended movement restrictions for a year, but made it clear that Patel would not seek any adjournments due to his absence. He would also not raise any objection or dispute concerning the identification of witnesses, if the trial takes place in his absence during the year.