Hate speech: Varun acquitted in second case

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 05, 2013 11:54 hrs

An Uttar Pradesh court on Tuesday acquitted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi in the second hate speech case against him.

A case was registered against the BJP leader for his speech made on Mar 8, 2009 in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

An Uttar Pradesh court last week acquitted him in another 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.

Varun is the grandson of former Indian Indira Gandhi and the great-grandson of India´s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

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