Gandhinagar court orders inquiry into bribery allegation made by Patidar leader Narendra Patel

Ahmedabad: A court in Gandhinagar on Wednesday ordered inquiry into a complaint by Narendra Patel, member of the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), that BJP leaders offered him a bribe to join the party.

File image of Narendra Patel. Twitter@BharatSolanki

File image of Narendra Patel. Twitter@BharatSolanki

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate R Trivedi ordered 'court inquiry' after hearing the PAAS leader's lawyer, and asked him to submit evidence on 3 November.

Last week, Narendra Patel claimed that the ruling party offered him Rs 1 crore to switch loyalties. He then filed a private complaint in the court seeking probe against five BJP leaders.

The BJP leaders tried to "purchase him like a slave" by giving him Rs 10 lakh and promising more money, he claimed.

The complaint names state BJP president Jitu Vaghani, state BJP youth wing president Rutvij Patel, party spokesperson Bharat Pandya as well as former PAAS leaders Varun Patel and Mahesh Patel who have joined the ruling party.

He has sought probe under IPC sections 171 (H) (illegal payment in connection with an election), 171 (C) (undue influence at election), 370 (buying or disposing of any person as a slave), 384 (extortion), 417 (cheating), 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy).

The BJP leaders also wanted him to approach other PAAS members and buy them off as they were speaking against the party, Narendra Patel claimed in the complaint.

Narendra Patel joined the BJP on Sunday. Few hours later he held a press conference and alleged that he had been offered Rs 1 crore for joining the party, and showed Rs 10 lakh in cash which he said he had received.

He joined the BJP only to expose it, he said.

In his plea, he said he was approaching the court with a private complaint as he didn't trust police.

Updated Date: Oct 25, 2017 22:24 PM

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