Ahmedabad Sessions Court in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, November 20, framed sedition charges against Patidar agitation spearhead Hardik Patel and two of his former associates.
Hardik Patel and associates alleged rioting after a massive Patel rally in Ahmedabad on August 25, 2015. The court fixed January 29, 2019, as the next date of hearing when the trial on the sedition charges against the trio would begin.
Sessions Judge DP Mahida framed the charges under Sections 124 (A) (sedition), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and others of the Indian Penal Code against Hardik Patel, 25, and his then close aides Dinesh Bambhaniya and Chirag Patel. All the three were out on bail in the sedition case filed by Ahmedabad crime branch in January, 2016.
Chirag Patel later joined the ruling BJP while Dinesh Bambhaniya quit the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, though never joined any political party
The Gujarat High Court had earlier dropped charges under IPC Section 121 (A) pertaining to “waging war against the state,a which could attract death penalty.