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Varun changes tack: target was ISI,Qaeda

Even while seeking relief from the Supreme Court,BJP candidate from Pilibhit Varun Gandhi has made a representation to the UP government against his detention under the National Security Act...

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow |
April 15, 2009 1:09:41 am

Even while seeking relief from the Supreme Court,BJP candidate from Pilibhit Varun Gandhi has made a representation to the UP government against his detention under the National Security Act (NSA),saying his alleged inflammatory speeches were not against any community,but were aimed at Pakistan’s ISI and Al Qaida,which are working against India.

Sources said Gandhi’s representation,which is addressed to the Chief Secretary of the state,also cites certain technical grounds against his detention.

Gandhi’s speeches at Barkheda and Pilibhit were cited as grounds by the state government to build its case for the young leader’s detention under the NSA,which was ordered on March 29 to prevent him from committing “acts prejudicial to public order”.

Gandhi’s lawyer Siddhartha Luthara,however,refused to comment. “I have to see the papers,” he said. Sources said under the law,an NSA detainee has the right to make a representation to the government against his detention,but Gandhi directly moved the Supreme Court,without availing this course of action.

They said the state government can always oppose Gandhi’s petition in the court on the ground that he directly moved the SC without using other remedies.

Meanwhile,the BJP,of late,has been muted in its protests against Gandhi’s detention under the NSA.

State BJP vice-president and spokesperson HN Dixit said since the Supreme Court was seized of the matter,the party had decided to wait and watch.

“Varun is being victimised and he is surely there on our agenda. But we are focussing on other issues as well,” he said.

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