Rajasthana high court issues notice to government over Hardik Patel’s ‘house arrest’


Jaipur:  A bench of the Rajasthan high court on Friday issued notices to the Rajasthan government and Udaipur police in connection with a petition filed by Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel challenging his house arrest by Udaipur police. The matter is expected to come up for hearing on September 2.

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The petition, filed on Monday, has accused the Rajasthan police of wrongly and illegally confining the Patidar leader by placing him under house arrest at his temporary residence in Udaipur. The Rajasthan government, DGP and Udaipur Inspector General of Police have been named as respondents in the petition. “Police officials wrongly and deliberately with a malafide intention misinterpreted the conditions imposed upon the petitioner in the judgment dated 8.7.2016 by the Hon’ble Gujarat High Court,” the petition says.

“The said police officers told him that he will be put under “house arrest” and threatened him not to go outside the circumscribing limits of his temporary residence otherwise he would have to face dire consequences,” it says.
Hardik has been living at a Congress leader’s house in Udaipur’s Srinath Nagar locality after being released on bail by the Gujarat High Court in July.

On July 20, Udaipur IG summoned him and ordered him not to leave his temporary residence without obtaining prior permission from the Gujarat High Court.

The petition says that “heavy police force consisting of over 20 police personnel” have been deployed at Hardik’s place of residence, “CCTV cameras have been installed, a temporary police chowki has been set up”. “It is stated that despite the Hon’ble Gujarat High Court has released him on bail and granted him liberty but the above stated police officers have blocked his freedom, restrained his free movements,” it argues.

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