The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Gujarat police to file a charge sheet by Friday against Patel quota stir leader Hardik Patel for allegedly instigating the community to kill policemen and adopt violent means to wage war against the Gujarat government.
A bench headed by Justice JS Khehar issued the direction after Gujarat government counsel Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi sought the court’s permission to file the final investigation report.
The law officer said in case the local police failed, then Hardik should be entitled to get bail.
The bench declined to look at the draft charge sheet and instead asked the police to submit the report on or before January 8, 2016.
“It would be inappropriate to look into it. Let the charge sheet be filed in the trial court on or before January 8, 2016. A copy of the charge sheet would be provided to the counsel for the accused in the trial court,” it said.
The court also fixed January 14 to hear Hardik’s plea challenging the HC’s decision declining to quash the sedition charges against him.
In October 2015, the state police had filed a case against Hardik and five of his aides on charges of sedition and waging war against the government.
They were later arrested and continue to be in jail.
Two of other aides of the 22-year-old Hardik Patel were granted relief by the high court.