Gujarat government's counsel on Tuesday informed the Gujarat High Court that Patidar leader Hardik Patel is a habitual offender as several FIRs are registered against him in various police stations.
The Counsel, however, submitted some documents against him before the court but sought some more time in order to produce more documents in connection with Hardik Patel's petition.
The bench of Justice AG Uraizee was hearing a Petition moved by Hardik Patel seeking a stay of his conviction in relation with 2015 rioting case as he wants to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha election 2019.
Nonetheless, the Court granted the government's counsel time till March 26 for the purpose.
During the course of proceedings, the lawyer representing Hardik Patel's however, opposed government counsel's allegation and claimed that the government was wasting time.
On March 8, Hardik Patel approached the Gujarat High Court seeking stay of his conviction in a 2015 rioting case.
The issue relates to a rally of Patel community demonstrating for reservation for the Patel community under Other Backward Classes(OBC) in Gujarat for reservation in government jobs and education.
The protest turned violent, resulting in damage to property and also assaulted media persons at the spot.
The rally also ransacked the office of the then BJP MLA of the area Rishikesh Patel. Following which, Hardik was arrested in October 2015 for allegedly inciting violence during the quota stir.
An FIR was lodged for the same at Visnagar in 2015, against 8 people and a mob of 500 participating in a rally of Patel community.
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.