Court acquits Varun Gandhi in 2009 hate speech case

NEW DELHI: A court in Uttar Pradesh acquitted Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary and MP Varun Gandhi in a hate speech case that he allegedly made in 2009 during campaigning in his constituency, Pilibhit for the Lok Sabha elections.

A local court in Pilibhit framed charges against Varun Gandhi in a case of hate speech in Dalchand Mohalla area during the campaigning in his constituency in 2009 general election. The case in the hate speech case was registered at Pilibhit Sadar Kotwali area.

During the campaigning for 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Varun Gandhi had allegedly given provocative speeches at a meeting at Dalchand Mohalla area of Pilibhit. The MP had reportedly made provocative remarks against Muslims in Pilibhit while addressing a poll rally during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

Thereafter, a case was registered against Varun under different sections of IPC. The police could not arrest the MP in the matter. Later he surrendered in the court. The then CJM Vipin Kumar sent him to jail in judicial custody. He was later shifted to Etah Jail from where he was released following the order by Apex Court.

In another case of hate speech at Barkhera area in Pilibhit during the Loksabha elections 2009, charges were framed against Varun Gandhi in May 2011. The court also heard the matter. A total of 10 witnesses were produced in the matter before the court. Of them, five witnesses gave testimony (testified) in favour of Varun, while five witnesses changed their statement they recorded to the police.