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Hardik Patel toll row: HC asks investigators to produce case diary

New Delhi:The Rajasthan High Court ordered investigators to produce the diary pertaining to a case against Patidar leader Hardik Patel for threatening the staff of a toll post on Udaipur-Nathdwara highway and not paying the fee.

The division bench of justices G K Vyas and G R Moolchandani, hearing the habeas corpus petition moved by Patel last week, gave this order when a report by intelligence agencies was produced by the government counsel referring to Patel’s conduct and necessity to keep him under house detention.

Additional Advocate General P S Bhati argued in the Courtthat steps taken so far have been aimed at Patel’s security and his conduct as a precaution.

“He has not been kept hostage by the police. Whatever was being done, was in pursuance of the GujaratHigh Court’s directions, keeping which in mind, Patel’s security has been beefed up as the precaution,” Bhati told the court.

Objecting to this, Patel’s counsel Rafeeq Lokhandwala argued that the government counsel was misinterpreting the bail orders of the GujaratHigh Courtand has illegally kept him hostage in the name of security.

Bhati said a case against Patel had been registered, the investigation in which has been completed and now the court’s permission was awaited to arrest him.

To this, the high Courtfirst ordered the case diary to be produced and asked the investigating officer to be present in the Courton September 5 to decide on his arrest before proceeding with the habeas corpus petition.

Patel had moved the habeas corpus petition stating that he has been illegally kept hostage by Udaipur police despite no mentioning of house arrest in Udaipur.

The high Courthad issued notice to the state government on August 26 seeking reply in two weeks time.