The circumstance often forces an individual to explore new destination. Patidar reservation agitation leader Hardik Patel has been facing this situation for sometime now. After restrictions on his movement in Rajasthan, Patel has decided to shift his base to Haridwar to spend the remaining two months of his six month exile from Gujarat in “oblivion”. The 23-year-old firebrand leader is set to move Gujarat high court to seek permission, a report said. While granting bail to him on July 11 in the sedition cases, the Gujarat high court had imposed a condition that he would have to furnish the court with any change of address during his six month’s externment, and would first have to seek the court’s permission. Patel left for Udaipur, in accordance with the Gujarat High Court’s condition while granting him bail that he will have to stay out of the state for next six months.
On his choice Haridwar as his next destination, Patel said, “I want to live in oblivion for some days.Therefore, I have decided to go to Haridwar.” Patel’s lawyer, Rafik Lokhandwala, said that the Patidar leader planned to leave Rajasthan and spend the remaining time in Uttarakhand. Till now, Patel was living in Pratapnagar area of Udaipur. The petition seeking the court’s permission will be filed on Monday, a TOI report said.
The alleged harassment by Rajasthan cops is believed to be the reason behind Patel’s decision to shift his base. The cops in Udaipur had restricted his movement outside his house, the report said.
In September, Patel had approached Rajasthan high court by filing a habeas corpus petition to free him from illegal house arrest. The cops justified their action by submitting before the HC that intelligence inputs received by them reflected that the Patidar leader had threat to his life, and therefore they were heavily guarding his house in Udaipur.
Slapped with sedition charges in Ahmedabad and Surat last year, Hardik was lodged in Lajpore jail for nine months before he was released on bail by the high court. In desperation to obtain bail, he had proposed to the HC that if granted bail, he would stay out of Gujarat for six months.
In October, A team of Gujarat police went to Rajasthan to arrest Patidar reservation agitation leader Hardik Patel in connection with a case filed against him for holding a public meeting a year ago without allegedly seeking adequate official permission. The police team intimated Pratap Nagar police station of Udaipur and went to Patel’s temporary residence. Patel, however, later said the Gujarat police team met him at his temporary residence and returned.