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UP gives green signal to Varun’s prosecution

The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday formally sanctioned prosecution of BJP MP from Pilibhit, Varun Gandhi, for spreading communal hatred through hate speeches. The investigating officer (IO) of the case will now submit a chargesheet in the designated court against Varun seeking trial of the case. With the prosecution having done its spadework, the case is sure to give sleepless nights to the young MP.

Home secretary Mahesh Gupta on Friday said that the government sanctioned Varun’s prosecution under Section 153 (A) (for spreading communal hatred) of IPC after the law department approved of the evidences gathered against him as tangible enough to put up a strong case. He, however, ruled out the possibility of a trial in a fast-track court as of now.

According to the law, the prosecution sanction will be communicated to thedistrict magistrate of Pilibhit, who in turn will formally issue the sanction order to the IO, paving way for a proper chargesheet against Varun.

Varun had allegedly made hate speeches at Barkehra village on March 8 and is also accused of inciting communal passions in Desh Nagar locality on March 7 during his campaign rallies. He also faces the charge of abetting violence leading to attack on public servants on duty on the day of his arrest.

With the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Chandigarh, having confirmed that the three electronic samples of hate speeches have Varun’s voice, the onus of proving himself innocent now rests on Varun. The young MP had earlier refused to provide a voice sample sought by the IO while he was lodged at Etah jail after his arrest under the National Security Act (NSA).

‘‘Our contention now is that the voice in the hate speech recording is Varun’s. If he says it isn’t, he will be liable to provide his voice sample,’’ said a cop investigating the case. ‘‘The evidence is so strong that once the voice sample matches, conviction will follow,’’ he added.

July 4, 2009 - Posted by | Congress, News, Politics | , , , , , , ,

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