A Pilibhit court on Tuesday acquitted BJP MP Varun Gandhi in another case of hate speech which was registered against him during the 2009 Lok Sabha election campaign and for which the Mayawati government had detained him under the National Security Act.
Prosecuting Officer NP Verma said the Chief Judicial Magistrate Abdul Quaiyum acquitted Varun because witnesses from public turned hostile. There were a total of 39 witnesses and among them 15 were from public. In the court,no public witness supported the prosecution theory, said Verma.
The case against Varun was lodged on March 17,2009 at Barkhera police station for allegedly delivering an inflammatory speech during a public meeting organised at Kasba Barkhera on March 8,2009. The charges included promoting enmity on religious grounds and committing deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage a class by insulting its religion. The police filed the chargesheet on July 11,2009.
Varun had claimed that the recordings of his speech had been doctored. Nevertheless,he surrendered at a local court where he was remanded to judicial custody. While he was being taken to jail,his supporters allegedly attacked the police and pelted stones. This led to a third FIR,which was lodged on March 28,2009. This case is pending in the court.
Earlier,on February 27,the same court acquitted Varun for allegedly delivering an inflammatory speech at a public meeting organised at Dal Chand locality. In that case too,witnesses had turned hostile.