Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Vadgam, Jignesh Mevani along with nine others including Nationalist Congress Party’s Reshma Patel were convicted by a Gujarat Court today for unlawful assembly after they organised a rally without the police permission in July 2017
Jignesh Mevani is an MLA and Dalit rights activist who was penalized and convicted under Section 143 of the Indian Penal Code.
“It is not an offence to hold rally but it is an offence to hold rally without permission.. disobedience can never be tolerated”
-the Court observed.
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate JA Parmar has given Jignesh Mevani along with the convicts three months of imprisonment and ₹1,000 as fine.
While pronouncing the judgement, 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”
One of the associates of Mevani had asked for a permission from the Mehsana Executive magistrate for the rally , but that was revoked later by the authorities, however the rally was carried out by the organisers nonetheless.
Some time back, the Assam Police had arrested Mevani for a tweet against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for which he got a bail.
Mevani again was arrested , and this time it was on charge of assaulting a woman police officer. He was later granted bail in that case too.