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Rajnath backs Varun Gandhi over hate speech issue

He said prosecution sanctioned against Gandhi by UP govt is politically motivated.

Written by Agencies | Lucknow |
December 11, 2010 9:53:27 am

Defending BJP MP Varun Gandhi on the hate speech issue,senior party leader Rajnath Singh said his prosecution sanctioned by the Uttar Pradesh government in this connection is politically motivated.

“The said speech of Varun neither led to any communal tension nor did it whip up religious sentiments anywhere… The prosecution sanctioned by the state government is politically motivated,” Singh said.

He expressed confidence that the young MP would come out clean in the case.

More than 20 months after Varun made communal remarks during an election campaign in Pilibhit,the Uttar Pradesh government yesterday gave its sanction for his prosecution.

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Of the three criminal cases registered against Varun,the first relates to an alleged anti-Muslim speech he delivered at a public rally in Barkhera village of Pilibhit district on March 8,2009,for which a criminal case was registered on March 17 the same year.

The second case was registered over the same incident at the behest of the Election Commission,which took serious cognisance of that hate speech.

For yet another hate speech Varun delivered at Desh Nagar locality in Pilibhit town on March 7,a criminal case was registered on March 19.

The prosecution sanction has been given under various sections of the IPC and People’s Representation Act. Sections of IPC include 153(A) (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion),295(A) (deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings) and 505(2) (statement conducing to public mischief).

On 2G spectrum issue,the former BJP president said there was no question of going back on the demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe.

“We would not settle for anything less than the JPC probe as the scam involves lakhs of crores of rupees,” he said.

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