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Charges framed against Varun Gandhi in hate speech case in Pilibhit

Hindustan Times  Bareilly, November 30, 2012
First Published: 20:11 IST(30/11/2012) | Last Updated: 20:22 IST(30/11/2012)

A local court in Pilibhit has framed charges against Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary and Pilibhit MP 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.

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The MP appeared in the court of Pilibhit chief judicial magistrate Abdul Qayum. After hearing the case, the CJM court decided charges against the MP. According to prosecution, 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.

On Thursday, hearing the case, the court decided the charges against the MP on the basis of evidences produced by prosecutors in the matter and fixed December 11 as next date for hearing in the matter. The court also directed the prosecutors to produce the witnesses in the matter.

However, MP Varun Gandhi strongly denied the charges against him in the matter.

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 on Thursday. 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. The court would hear the matter on December 10.


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