Supreme Court Declines Urgent Hearing on Hardik Patel’s Plea, Says There's No Urgency

Supreme Court Declines Urgent Hearing on Hardik Patel’s Plea, Says There's No Urgency

New Delhi, April 2: Patidar leader Hardik Patel who is running from pillar to post just to seek suspension of his conviction order in a 2015 rioting case had once again got disappointed when the Supreme Court today refused to entertain his plea for the same on urgent basis.

Hardik Patel's matter today was mentioned before a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra also comprising Justice M M Shantanagoudar and Justice Navin Sinha.

The bench was of the view that there was no urgency to hear Patel's matter as the High Court has passed the order in August last year. The bench said,

"The order was passed in August 2018. What is the urgency now?"

Notably, with the motive of contesting upcoming Lok Sabha elections Patel, on Monday approached the Supreme Court against the Gujarat High Court order which dismissed his plea seeking to stay his conviction.

Most likely, if the conviction stays, Hardik Patel would contest from Jamnagar on a Congress ticket which he joined recently.

The matter of concern which arises after today's refusal is that the last date for filing of nominations is on April 4.

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 was not stayed.

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.


Gujarat High Court
Hardik Patel
Lok Sabha elections
Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS)
Representation of the People Act

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