Pilibhit: An Uttar Pradesh court on Wednesday acquitted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi in a 2009 hate speech case.
The BJP leader, who was acquitted by Pilibhit Chief Judicial Magistrate Court here, was booked under different sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the People's Representation Act for promoting enmity and acts disturbing harmony through provocative speeches in 2009.
During 2009 general election campaign, Varun had allegedly given hate speeches in election rallies on Mar 7 and Mar 8 in Pilibhit district of Uttar Pradesh.
Later, two separate FIRs were lodged against Varun on Mar 18 and Mar 19 in this connection.
The second case is likely to be decided on Friday, reports said.
Varun is the grandson of former Indian Indira Gandhi and the great-grandson of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.