A local court, on Tuesday, remanded the Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel in police custody till October 23 in connection with the sedition case against him for allegedly instigating a Patel youth to kill policemen.
Judicial magistrate JK Christian ordered to send Hardik in police custody till 4pm on October 23 on a remand petition filed by the Surat Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) seeking a seven-day remand.
During the hearing which took place later in the evening, prosecutor Nayan Sukhadvala submitted that the probe agency needed to interrogate him to find out whether anybody else was involved in “hatching the conspiracy to kill policemen”.
Hardik made an inflammatory statement before TV cameras and the statement itself was akin to acting against the interests of the country, he said.
DCB was going to conduct ‘voice spectrography test’ at FSL to validate the evidence of TV footage, he said.
Yashvant Singhvada, Hardik’s lawyer, opposed the plea and said the government had slapped the sedition charge only to suppress Patels’ movement. The alleged statement was against the police but not the government or the country, he argued.
Hardik was produced before the court after a six-hour-long interrogation by DCB officials at Hajira police station, where he was kept for security reasons.
The firebrand Patel leader was detained by the Rajkot rural police ahead of the India-South Africa ODI in Rajkot on Sunday after he threatened to disrupt it.
Hardik was arrested on Tuesday by the Rajkot rural police for allegedly insulting the national flag. He got bail later in the evening and was again arrested by the Surat Police in the sedition case.
The 22-year-old leader had on October 3 allegedly advised a Surat-based youth from his community to kill policemen rather than killing himself.
“If you have so much courage...then go and kill a couple of policemen. Patels never commit suicide,” Hardik allegedly told Vipul Desai, who had announced that he would commit suicide in support of the agitation.
The FIR in the case was registered 16 days later.
Hardik’s petition against the sedition charge will be heard by the Gujarat high court on Wednesday.