Ahmedabad: A Surat court today rejected bail application of Hardik Patel, booked for sedition during
Patel quota stir, citing two FIRs registered against him during his incarceration and an additional affidavit filed by police regarding torching of a bus.
The court of Principal Sessions Judge, Geeta Gopi also maintained that strong evidences were produced by the police and mentioned in the chargesheet filed against him in the sedition case.
Hardik is currently lodged at Lajpore jail in Surat under sedition charges.
The court cited two FIRs filed by police against the quota leader for allegedly receiving, bringing or removing "prohibited articles" in jail under sections 43, 44 and 45 (12) of the Prison Act.
While they did not name Hardik as accused in one FIR, the police said he was still under scanner as articles like mobile phone were recovered from outside his barrack. Hardik was named as accused in another FIR.
Surat DCB police had filed an additional affidavit before the court on 11 March stating that members of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), of which Hardik is a convener, were behind the incident dated 18 February in which a mob of around 40 people put on fire a state transport bus.
Hardik will move the High Court with a fresh bail plea, his lawyer Yashwantsinh Vala said.
Hardik's bail application in another sedition case was rejected by a Ahmedabad court on 8 March, following which his lawyers moved High Court on 11 March.