Nine months after he was arrested on the charges of sedition, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel was finally granted bail on Friday.
While granting him bail in two cases of sedition, the Gujarat High Court observed that he would have to leave Gujarat for six months if he wants to get out of the jail.
Patel, however, will continue to be in jail, at least till July 11, when another bail application in connection with a case against him of vandalising an office of the MLA comes up for hearing.
Patel, 23, had shot to fame when he successfully led a massive rally and public meeting in Ahmedabad mid last year. Incidents of vandalism were reported from across the state when the police picked him up from the venue at the end of the day as the permission to hold a meeting ended. More than 10 persons had lost lives.
Patel is alleged to have given provocative statements, including one in Surat, where he reportedly told one of his supporters to "kill policemen instead of attempting suicide".
The Patel agitation resulted in reverses for the ruling BJP in the civic elections held in the end of 2015.
The state government was also forced to announce package in rounds. First it announced an educational package for meritorious students coming from families whose annual income was less than Rs 6 lakh. It then announced 10 per cent reservation for those whose monthly income was less than Rs 50,000.