No relief from SC to Hardik Patel in sedition case

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New Delhi, Nov: Hardik Patel today did not get any immediate relief from the Supreme Court which said his plea challenging invocation of sedition charge for allegedly inciting a mob during the quota stir for Patel community will be heard after Gujarat police completes probe in the case.

A bench, comprising justices J S Khehar and R Banumathi, directed Gujarat police to complete the investigation within one-and-a-half month in the sedition case and file a report before it in a sealed cover and posted hearing for January 5.

Hardik Patel

The bench also directed the police not to file the charge sheet in the sedition case without the apex court's permission. The apex court also declined to interfere with the proceedings of the Gujarat high court which is proceeding with another case in which Hardik has been accused of dramatizing his own abduction by the police.

The bench said that it was not interfering in another case of habeas corpus pending before the Gujarat high court in which the police have accused Hardik Patel of stage managing his own abduction.

"It is clarified that the high court may continue with the matter in the special criminal appeal pertaining to habeas corpus," the bench said. Before passing the order, the bench took on record the submissions of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the state government and senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Hardik Patel.

"We consider it just and appropriate to defer the hearing in the matter (sedition case). List it after one and a half months on the completion of investigation," the bench said while posting the matter for January 5. The bench said "we must allow the high court to proceed with another case (habeas corpus)."

PTI

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