A Pilibhit court Tuesday acquitted BJP MP Varun Gandhi in another case of hate speech 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 Chief Judicial Magistrate Abdul Quaiyum acquitted Varun because witnesses from public turned hostile. There were 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 for allegedly delivering an inflammatory speech at Kasba Barkhera on March 8,2009.
Varun had 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. This led to a third FIR. This case is pending in the court.
On February 27,the same court had acquitted Varun in a separate hate speech case.