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Supreme Court denies urgent hearing of Hardik Patel’s case

April 3, 2019

The Supreme Court (SC) of India has declined urgent hearing of Patidar leader Hardik Patel's plea seeking suspension of his conviction in the 2015 riot case. Patel had recently joined Congress party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. He approached SC following Gujarat High Court's refusal to stay his conviction. He has been barred from contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as well.

Supreme Court declines urgent hearing on Hardik Patel's plea challenging Gujarat HC order which refused to stay his conviction in 2015 rioting case. SC said there is no urgency of listing hardik plea early. Hardik is convicted offender & can't contest election till 2026-Prashant Patel, Writer and Advocate

The SC asked Patel why there needs to be an urgent hearing for the case. Instead, it can take time. Patel will not be allowed to contest in the election if the SC does not put his conviction on hold before 4 April because that is the last date for filing nominations. Patel plans to contest in Gujarat.

"Absolutely right decision by the Supreme Court regarding #HardikPatel. The convict of a rioting case can't be allowed to go in public domain & contest polls. Such leaders only provoke violence & conflicts, tweeted Chowkidar Kushal Sharma.

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