The government is to submit its reply by December 18 in the case involving Patel and his four associates. Concluding his submissions in the court, Patel's advocate BM Mangukia argued that the government's stance about tapping in to the phones of his clients under the IPC could not hold much water as police can intercept phone calls of any citizen if there is a public emergency, country's interests were under threat, in times of communal riots or there was public disorder.

Defending the charges on behalf of government, public prosecutor Mitesh Amin had earlier said in the court that the FIR against Patel and five other quota leaders -- Ketan Patel, Chirag Patel, Dinesh Patel, Alpesh Kathiriya and Amrish Patel were based on over 200 call interceptions.

He alleged that the conversations were 'caustic' and the accused could be heard instigating their supporters to resort to violence by torching police outposts, uproot railway tracks and even kill policemen. Meanwhile, Hardik Patel was sent back to Lajpore Central Jail in Surat district after police did not seek an extension of his one-day remand in a case related to blocking of national highway.

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