MeraNews Network, Ahmedabad: The Visnagar sessions court on Thursday withdrew a non-bailable arrest warrant against Patidar leader Hardik Patel that it issued a day earlier in case related to damage to government property.
Patel appeared before the court on Thursday after failing to do so for the previous hearing on Wednesday, when the court also issued a non-bailable warrant against Lalji Patel, leader of the Sardar Patel Group (SPG), for being absent during hearings.
“The evening programme at Umrada is still on. The warrant against me has been cancelled,” the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convenor posted on Twitter.
“We appeared in court at 8am. We gave our reasons for not being able to appear on the given date, and the court accepted our request and cancelled the non-bailable warrant. We explained to the court that our community leader was stuck in meetings far from the city and so was not able to appear,” said PAAS leader Brijesh Patel.
The case against relates to the ransacking of the office of Rushikesh Patel, a member of the state legislative assembly (MLA), following a rally in Visnagar in July 2015 that turned violent.
The development comes at a time when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Gujarat has been trying to reach out to leaders of the Patidar community, which is seeking reservation under the Other Backward Class (OBC) category, in the run-up to the December assembly elections. The community has held protests across the state since 2015.
The state government earlier this month ordered the withdrawal of a number of cases filed against members of the Patidar community. However, the charges related to sedition and causing harm to government property still stand.