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Hardik Patel moves Top Court after Gujarat HC refuses to put stay on Conviction

Newly Inducted in Congress, Patidar leader from Gujarat Hardik Patel has on Monday move to the highest Court challenging the Gujarat High Court Verdict, that refused to put a stay on the conviction so that he can contest the Lok Sabha elections 2019, which are just days away.

Hardik Patel, in his petition to the Top Court stated that the Court should urgently hear his petition because the last date and filing of the nomination papers for Lok Sabha elections 2019, is April 04.

Firebrand Leader from Gujarat said that it is the result of fighting against the Government.

Patel was convicted in a case of ‘rioting 2015’ during Patidar quota protests and was sentenced to two years imprisonment by a local court in Gujarat’Mehsana in July 2018. However, he moved to Gujarat High Court against the verdict.

The High Court in August 2018 had suspended Hardik Patel’s sentence but not the conviction.

The Gujarat High Court last week rejected Hardik Patel’s plea seeking a stay on his conviction in 2015 rioting case so that he can contest the upcoming Lok Sabha Polls 2019.

The Gujarat Government had on March 20 in the Court terming Hardik as a repeat Offender opposed his plea that seeks to put a stay on his conviction. The BJP led Government sought time to produce more documents related to his petition, seeking cancellation of his conviction

After the HC verdict, Patel slammed the ruling party and said only Congress Leader are stopped from Contesting. He asserted, there are several BJP leaders who have cases and convictions filed against them. They are not asked to come forward in the court of Law.

Under the Representation of the People Act, a convict facing a jail term of two years or more cannot contest unless the conviction is stayed.

Patel has joined Congress on March 12 during a rally after Congress Working Committee meeting. Patel is keen to contest from Jamnagar Lok Sabha Seat, however, the party has already announced its candidate on Jamnagar Lok Sabha Seat in a run-up to the general elections 2019.

Jamnagar will go to polls on April 23.

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