Just before polls Gujarat withdraws case against Hardik Patel

Rajkot, Oct 12: The Gujarat government has withdrawn a case against Patel quota stir leader Hardik Patel for allegedly insulting the tricolour nearly two years ago. Rajkot collector Vikrant Pandey passed the order to withdraw the case against Hardik following instructions from the state government.

“As per the instruction received from the state government (home ministry), we have withdrawn case against Hardik and activists of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) which were registered in Rajkot district,” Pandey said on Wednesday.

Only one FIR was registered against Hardik in the district, he said, adding further formalities will be completed in court. Five other cases against PAAS agitators were also withdrawn, the collector added.

On October 19, 2015, Hardik, the convener of the PAAS, was booked for allegedly insulting the tricolour.

Police had said Hardik jumped over the tricolour when he was on the way to the Khandheri cricket stadium in Rajkot to disrupt the India-South Africa ODI match scheduled that day.

According to police, Hardik’s feet had touched the national flag which he was carrying as he jumped on a car in an attempt to speak to the media when he was stopped by the police on way to the stadium.

In an effort to please the Patidar community, the  Meawhile, the Gujarat government has decided to withdraw 235 cases filed against the community filed during the quota agitation.

The two moves are bein seen as poll sops for the Patidars, who are up in arms against the state government.