Hardik Patel Moves High Court, Seeks Scrapping of 2nd Sedition FIR

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Hardik Patel Moves High Court, Seeks Scrapping of 2nd Sedition FIR

Hardik Patel's plea is likely to come up for hearing on Tuesday.

Ahmedabad:  Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel, arrested by Ahmedabad crime branch on the charges of sedition and waging war against the government, has filed a plea in the Gujarat High Court seeking to have the First Information Report or FIR against him quashed.

The petition, filed by his lawyer BM Mangukia, said the FIR was vague and was only aimed at suppressing the agitation of the Patel community for reservation in OBC category. His actions did not amount to sedition or waging war against the government, it said.

The plea is likely to come up for hearing tomorrow.

This is the second FIR against Hardik Patel where he has been accused of sedition (under section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code). Earlier, Surat police had booked him for sedition for allegedly advising a Patel youth to kill policemen rather than committing suicide. His petition seeking to scrap that FIR is already before the High Court.

Ahmedabad police's crime branch filed a fresh FIR for sedition against Hardik Patel and five of his associates after taking his custody from Surat police.

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