The Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh on Friday granted permission to the Pilibhit administration to prosecute Lok Sabha MP Varun Gandhi of the BJP for his alleged anti-Muslim speech at a rally in the run-up to the general elections last year.
A first information report (FIR) had been registered against him by the Pilibhit district magistrate on March 19, 2009 for his allegedly communal speech on the orders of the Election Commission.
The FIR was registered after the Election Commission issued a notice to Gandhi, charging him with violation of the model code of conduct for elections following a complaint by the Congress.
The BJP's youth leader was alleged to have said at the BJP rally on March 6, 2009, "If anyone raises a finger towards Hindus or if someone thinks that Hindus are weak and leaderless, if someone thinks that these leaders lick our boots for votes, if anyone raises a finger towards Hindus, then I swear by the Gita that I will cut that hand."
Varun Gandhi went on to win the election from Pilibhit.
State home secretary Deepak Kumar said on Friday that the Pilibhit district administration had sought permission from the state government to prosecute Varun Gandhi in the hate speech case.
"The state government has given permission to the district administration to prosecute the BJP MP."