- A year ago a journalist from Ahmedabad had expressed the possibility
- Publishing article related to removal of Rupani was accused of sedition
- The sedition case was quashed by the Gujarat High Court after apologizing
- Journalist had expressed the possibility of Union Minister Mandaviya becoming the new CM
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani resigned from his post on Saturday in an unexpected development. He went to the Raj Bhavan and submitted his resignation to the Governor Acharya Devvrat. By the way, there was speculation about Rupani’s resignation a year ago. A journalist of a local web portal was arrested for raising such a possibility. He was charged with sedition. However, after apologizing later, the High Court quashed the sedition case against journalist Dhaval Patel.
Last year, people in the entire country including Gujarat were suffering due to Corona epidemic. The health services of Gujarat were in bad shape during this pandemic. Many people lost their lives due to the negligence of government officials. Meanwhile, on May 7, 2020, a journalist running a local news portal in Ahmedabad wrote an article. In this article, Dhaval Patel had speculated that Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani may be removed due to his failure to deal with the corona epidemic. There was a ruckus as soon as the article was published. The Gujarat Police arrested the journalist by imposing a sedition case against him.
Mandaviya had expressed the possibility of becoming CM
In November 2020, the Gujarat High Court quashed the sedition case against the 30-year-old journalist after he tendered an unconditional apology for the article. Justice RP Dholaria, in his order dated November 6, 2020, quashed the FIR against Dhaval Patel, who wrote for the web portal ‘Face of the Nation’. CID (Crime) had registered an FIR against Patel for this article. There was speculation in the article that Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya is likely to be made the Chief Minister by replacing Vijay Rupani. This news gained so much momentum that Mandaviya had to issue a clarification that Vijay Rupani was not being removed from the post of CM.
Young journalist has just started career: High Court
The court said it was satisfied with the expression of apology on behalf of the young journalist, who has just started his career. The High Court said that whenever he (Dhaval Patel) publishes any article in future, he will not make such remarks against people posted on any constitutional post without verification. Patel was booked under IPC section 124A (sedition) and the Disaster Management Act. He was arrested in May. A local court later granted him bail.
Vijay Rupani resigns