Gujarat, March 29: In a major blow for Congress leader Hardik Patel the Gujarat High Court Justice Uraizee on Friday dismissed his petition seeking a stay on his conviction in the 2015 rioting case.
Taking note of several criminal cases and 17 FIRs registered against Hardik Patel across various courts, Justice Uraizee rejected his plea.
The dismissal today undoubtedly shattered Hardik Patel's dream to contest upcoming Lok Sabha elections because as per the Representation of the People Act, 1951, a convicted person is not allowed to contest the general elections, unless the conviction is stayed.
On March 8, Hardik Patel approached the Gujarat High Court seeking stay of his conviction in a 2015 rioting case.
Notably, on March 20, Gujarat government's counsel informed the Gujrat High Court that Patidar leader Hardik Patel is a habitual offender as several FIRs are registered against him in various police stations.
In 2018, the sessions court at Visnagar sentenced Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel to two years of jail in a case of rioting and arson in Visnagar town in 2015. Though Hardik was granted bail in the case and his sentence was also suspended but his conviction has not stayed.