The Gujarat High Court has stayed externment proceedings against Kandhal Jadeja, son of late 'Godmother' Santokhben Jadeja, who alleged in a petition that his refusal to join the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming elections had earned him the party’s wrath.
A single judge bench of Justice AJ Desai, in its order on Tuesday, also sought clarification over the allegation from the Porbandar district administration by December 21, after the assembly elections are over.
In his petition filed through his advocate Ashish Dagli, Kandhal had alleged that the state BJP government had taken steps to initiate proceedings under sections 56(c ) and (d) of Bombay Police Act to extern him from four districts purely for political reasons.
Kandhal Jadeja challenged a show cause notice issued to him on October 16, 2012 by the Porbandar District Magistrate which, while citing his alleged criminal record since 1992, sought his reply on why proceedings may not be initiated to extern him from
Porbandar, Junagadh, Rajkot and Jamnagar districts for a period of two years.
“These proceedings were initiated against me as I refused to support the BJP when they first approached me. Later, I also refused to support a BJP candidate for the upcoming assembly elections when they approached me the second time. The administration was waiting for election dates to be announced and I was served notice for externment only on October 16,”
Jadeja said, while talking to DNA. He further said that he is considering contesting elections from Kutiyana. “I have staked my claim from Nationalist Congress Party,” he said.
Kandhal is the eldest son of late Santokhben Jadeja and Sarman Munja, who were MLAs from Kutiyana in Porbandar district, where their son is also aspiring to contest this time.