After HC setback over bail plea, Varun to move SC
BJP leader Varun Gandhi will reportedly move the Supreme Court after his plea against arrest warrant was rejected by the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday. Three separate FIRs were filed against him. The court dismissed the plea because Varun had already obtained an anticipatory bail from the Delhi High Court. Listen to podcastUpdated: Mar 25, 2009 18:27 IST
Varun Gandhi will move the Supreme Court after his bail plea was rejected by the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday. Three separate FIRs have been filed against the BJP leader under the IPC containing serious charges.
The High Court decided to dismiss the stay order on his possible arrest because Varun had already obtained an anticipatory bail from the Delhi High Court and the court did not find any reason to grant him bail.
Prima facie, observed the court, Varun's charges seem to be true. If this be the case, then he may face an arrest after March 27, which is the last day of his anticipatory bail. The High court is now awaiting the forensic report verifying the authenticity of the CD which contains Varun's hate spech which he delivered in an election campaign rally in Pilibhit.
Three separate FIRs have been filed against Varun Gandhi under the IPC section 153(a), 188 and 124.
In his petition, 29-year-old Varun had challenged the FIR filed on March 17 at Barkheda Police Station under Sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act.
He has also alleged that the video footage of a public meeting, on the basis of which the Election Commission had taken the action, "had been tampered with" and did not contain his voice.
The grandson of former prime minister Indira Gandhi had claimed in his petition that the FIR, which was lodged nine days after he made the speeches, was "a part of a political conspiracy" to ruin his political career and tarnish his "secular image".
First Published: Mar 25, 2009 10:58 IST