Hardik booked for ‘ po­lit­i­cal’ speech at ed­u­ca­tional event

The Asian Age - - Nation -

Jamnagar ( Gu­jarat), Jan. 13: An FIR was lodged here against Pati­dar quota ag­i­ta­tion spear­head Hardik Pa­tel for al­legedly de­liv­er­ing a “po­lit­i­cal” speech at an ed­u­ca­tional and farm­ers’ wel­fare event at a vil­lage in this district over two months ago, the po­lice said on Satur­day.

The com­plaint, filed by Jamnagar ( ru­ral) sub­di­vi­sional mag­is­trate ( SDM) R. K. Pa­tel, says that al­though per­mis­sion was granted for or­gan­is­ing an ed­u­ca­tional and farm­ers’ wel­fare event at Dhutarpar vil­lage, it turned out to be a “po­lit­i­cal” pro­gramme with Hardik de­liv­er­ing the speech.

The case was reg­is­tered at the Jamnagar ‘ A’ divi­sion po­lice sta­tion on Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint, Hardik and his as­so­ci­ate Ankit Dha­dia had vi­o­lated the con­di­tions laid down while grant­ing per­mis­sion for the event.

Mr Dha­dia had sought per­mis­sion from the SDM to hold a pub­lic gath­er­ing at Dhutarpar vil­lage on Novem­ber 4 last year.

“While per­mis­sion was granted for an ed­u­ca­tional and farm­ers’ wel­fare pro­gramme at Dhutarpar vil­lage in the Jamnagar taluka, it turned out to be a po­lit­i­cal event with Hardik de­liv­er­ing a po­lit­i­cal speech,” the SDM said in the com­plaint.

“We had granted per­mis­sion to hold the gath­er­ing. How­ever, af­ter go­ing through the de­tails of the event, it came to light that in­stead of be­ing an ed­u­ca­tional and farm­ers’ wel­fare pro­gramme, it turned out to be po­lit­i­cal event, thereby vi­o­lat­ing the con­di­tions set while grant­ing the per­mis­sion,” he added.

Hardik Pa­tel

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