In a big breaking development, three days after Hardik Patel 's plea seeking suspension of his conviction in a 2015 rioting case was rejected by the Gujarat High Court, the newly-inducted Congress leader on Monday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Gujarat HC verdict.
On March 29, Gujarat High Court rejected Patel's petition seeking a stay of his conviction in a 2015 rioting case in the state, due to which he was barred from contesting the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.
Representation of People’s Act, 1951, bars anyone with two or more than two years imprisonment sentence from contesting the elections.
After the Gujarat HC rejected his plea on Friday, he took to Twitter to welcome the court's decision.
"I welcome the decision of the Gujarat High Court. Election will come and go but the BJP is working against the Constitution. Why the 25-year-old worker of the Congress [arty is being stopped from contesting the elections. There are cases against many BJP leaders, even convictions but the law is only for us," tweeted the Patidar leader.
Hardik Patel had on March 12 officially joined the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party and soon after moved a petition in the high court, seeking a stay on his conviction by the Visnagar sessions court in the case on the ground he intends to contest the next month's Lok Sabha elections.