A court in Gujarat cancelled the non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Hardik Patel, the Patidar quota agitation leader booked for vandalism in 2015. The court cancelled the arrest warrant after the leader assured that he will attend all the hearings in the future and submit the surety bonds of Rs 5,000 for each of them.
Along with Hardik Patel, the court issued non-bailable arrest warrant against Sardar Patel Group (SPG) convener Lalji Patel and five others after they failed to attend the court on October 25. All of them were booked in the case of vandalism filed by Visnagar MLA Rishikesh Patel in July 2015.
Hardik Patel along with some leaders belonging to non-recognized organizations were booked under a number of police cases for spreading violence during quota agitation for Patidar community in Gujarat. Patel was charged with damaging public property while leading a mass agitation two years ago.
During the mass agitation that took place in 2015, the 24-year-old leader encouraged thousands of members of Patidar community and demanded quota facility from the BJP-led government in Gujarat. However, his arrival in court had surprised many, where the young leader said that he is ready to surrender if law and enforcement of the state want to arrest him.
Hardik Patel who does not like being called a politician said that he is rather an activist and will work until the end BJP’s rule in the state. He also said that he will run a campaign and ask people not to favour BJP in the elections.
While replying to a rumour suggesting he met Rahul Gandhi at a luxury hotel in Ahmedabad, he said he did not meet the Congress Vice President. However, CCTV footage from the hotel revealed that the alleged meeting took place.