Thursday 17 April 2014
News updated at 3:53 PM IST
Weather
Max: 34.6°C
Min : 22.4°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Varun Gandhi exonerated in hate speech case

Lucknow, May 3, 2013, (IANS):
Photo by CHANDRAHAS KOTEKAR

A court Friday exonerated BJP general secretary Varun Gandhi of charges of inciting mob violence and firing at police four years ago.

Varun Gandhi has now been absolved of all charges against him in the case.

The ruling was given by a court in Pilibhit, 260 km from state capital Lucknow.
He was also exonerated for giving a hate speech aimed at arousing communal passions against a specific community March 3 this year.


He was given relief in another similar case in February due to lack of evidence.

The cases were slapped by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government on him March 8, 2009, for spreading hatred against a religious community, inciting violence and firing at police. He spent 20 days in jail before he was released on bail and later won his Lok Sabha  election on a BJP ticket from Pilibhit.

The eye-witnesses could not validate the charges even as journalists who reported the event could not furnish unedited and raw footage of the speech in which Varun Gandhi was accused of threatening to chop off the hands of members of a certain community.

BJP leaders said they always maintained that the charges against Varun Gandhi were part of a larger conspiracy to prevent him from being active in politics.

Varun Gandhi has been promoted as a prominent face in Uttar Pradesh politics by party president Rajnath Singh. He is likely to be the star campaigner for the BJP in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
An anti-government protester with her face painted in the colors of Venezuela's flag with the...

An anti-government protester with her face painted in the colors of Venezuela's flag with the...

Rescue boats sail around the South Korean passenger ship 'Sewol' which sank, during their rescue...

Rescue boats sail around the South Korean passenger ship 'Sewol' which sank, during their rescue...

A masked penitent takes part in the procession of the 'Santa Veracruz'' brotherhood, during Holy...

A masked penitent takes part in the procession of the 'Santa Veracruz'' brotherhood, during Holy...

Printer Jose Lomeli holds newspaper printing plates for the first copies of the inaugural Los...

Printer Jose Lomeli holds newspaper printing plates for the first copies of the inaugural Los...

A city worker helps clear away debris caused by recent earthquakes in Nagarote, Nicaragua...

A city worker helps clear away debris caused by recent earthquakes in Nagarote, Nicaragua...

A search worker uses a dog to help look through a pile of debris, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at...

A search worker uses a dog to help look through a pile of debris, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at...

Catherine (L), Duchess of Cambridge, waves to residents as she walks with local official Miranda...

Catherine (L), Duchess of Cambridge, waves to residents as she walks with local official Miranda...

A green sea turtle lies inside a container after being treated for injuries at the University at...

A green sea turtle lies inside a container after being treated for injuries at the University at...

A three-month-old Bengal white tiger cub is seen inside its enclosure at the Buenos Aires' Zoo...

A three-month-old Bengal white tiger cub is seen inside its enclosure at the Buenos Aires' Zoo...

An Alfa Romeo 4C is pictured at a media event at the Jacob Javits Convention Center during the...

An Alfa Romeo 4C is pictured at a media event at the Jacob Javits Convention Center during the...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523