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Hardik Patel granted bail in sedition cases by Gujarat High Court

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:48 IST

On 8 July, the Gujarat High Court granted bail to Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel on the condition that he will stay outside the state for six months.

Hardik Patel was charged with sedition after he allegedly insulted the national flag and purportedly telling a member of his community to kill policemen rather than ending his life.

Patel was arrested on 19 October last year by the Rajkot Police after an FIR was filed against him at the Paddhari police station in connection with the matter.

Hardik was detained by the police on 18 October 2015, when he was on his way to Khandheri cricket stadium in Rajkot ahead of the India-South Africa One Day International.

He had threatened to stage a protest at the stadium during the game seeking quota for his community.

Hardik is the face of the Patel agitation which practically brought Gujarat to a standstill in September.

The state of Gujarat has witnessed severe disruptions and incidents of violence in the past few months, with curfew imposed in some areas, including the biggest city of Ahmedabad.

--With ANI inputs

First published: 8 July 2016, 3:16 IST