Court serves notice to Varun Gandhi in 2009 hate speech case

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BJP Lko by Shailendra (22)A local court has issued a notice to Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Pilibhit Varun Gandhi asking him to personally appear in court in the 2009 hate speech case.

District Judge Kautilya Kumar Gaur had sent the notice through the Lok Sabha Speaker to Gandhi on July 7 but he did not appear in court. The court now fixed September 30 as the next date of hearing.

It may be noted the BJP leader had allegedly made objectionable comments against one community in his speeches in meetings at Pilibhit during the 2009 Lok Sabha poll campaign.

The BJP leader was booked under various sections of the IPC and the People’s Representation Act for promoting enmity and acts prejudicial against communal harmony.

The BJP leader was acquitted in 2013 by a lower court in the hate speech case due to lack of evidence.

A social worker Asad Hayat, filed a plea in sessions court, challenging the lower court’s order in the district court. He questioned the probing agency’s failure in getting Varun’s voice sample. The petitioner appealed that the BJP be issued a non bailable warrant.

Court summons were sent to Varun, but the BJP MP did not appear in court.

MA Kadri Shakir, Hayat’s counsel, said as Varun didn’t appear in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court, he had appealed to the District Judge’s court.