A Pilibhit court Wednesday acquitted BJP MP Varun Gandhi in one of the two hate speech cases registered against him during the 2009 Lok Sabha election campaign and for which the Mayawati government had detained him under the National Security Act.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Abdul Quaiyum acquitted Varun because witnesses from the public turned hostile,prosecuting officer N P Verma said.
Verma said except the witnesses statements,there was no evidence against Varun.
The case was lodged on March 18,2009 after Varun allegedly made a communal speech at Dal Chand. He was chargesheeted in December 2010. The other case was registered after he allegedly made a hate speech at Kasba Barkhera on March 8,2009.
Varun had claimed the audio recordings of his speeches had been doctored as part of a political conspiracy.
On Wednesday,Varun said he welcomed the decision that upholds my commitment to a strong and united India. UP BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai said the decision was a victory of nationalist forces.