GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat court convicted Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Jignesh Mevani and nine others including Nationalist Congress Party’s Reshma Patel for unlawful assembly after they organized a rally without police permission in July in the year 2017.
The MLA and Dalit rights activist was convicted for the offense under Section 143 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) since he along with the other accused was not given permission to hold the march.
The Court sentenced them to three months imprisonment and a fine of ₹1,000 by additional Chief Judicial Magistrate JA Parmar.
Court said – “It is not an offense to hold a rally but it is an offense to hold a rally without permission.. disobedience can never be tolerated.”
During the hearing, the Court said that the accused could have challenged the order of the executive magistrate revoking permission for the rally and then held the same with permission.
Reportedly, one of Mevani’s associates had sought permission for the rally from the Mehsana executive magistrate which was initially granted. However, it was revoked by the authority later, but the rally was carried out by the organizers nonetheless.
Mevani was recently arrested by the Assam Police for a tweet against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He had procured bail in that case but was again arrested on a charge of assaulting a woman police officer.
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