Allahabad HC to decide NSA charge on Varun
The judicial fate of Varun Gandhi will be determined by the Allahabad High Court Tuesday afternoon when the state advisory board takes a final call on the NSA that was slapped on him by the Uttar Pradesh government earlier this month.india Updated: Apr 28, 2009 18:12 IST
The judicial fate of Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Varun Gandhi will be determined by the Allahabad High Court Tuesday afternoon when the state advisory board takes a final call on the National Security Act (NSA) that was slapped on him by the Uttar Pradesh government earlier this month.
The meeting of the board is slated to be absolutely confidential. Sources, however, confirmed that Gandhi would appear before the board at 3.30 pm.
The three-member board is headed by Justice Pradeep Kant, senior judge of the Lucknow bench of the high court, and includes two retired high court judges.
As the ultimate statutory authority on the NSA, the advisory board has the right to approve or revoke the government order invoking the act against Gandhi, the BJP candidate from the Pilibhit Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
The verdict of the advisory board is final and if it chooses to revoke the NSA, Gandhi would be set free with immediate effect.
The law does not permit any NSA detenu to be accompanied by a lawyer before the advisory board. However, one person is free to join him.
Gandhi was charged for making highly inflammatory anti-Muslim utterances during his poll campaign in Pilibhit.
First Published: Apr 28, 2009 12:06 IST