SC notice to Varun Gandhi on alleged hate speech

Last Updated: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 12:58

New Delhi: BJP MP Varun Gandhi was today
issued notice by the Supreme Court on a plea seeking his
disqualification as MP for allegedly making vituperative
speeches during the 2009 general elections.

A bench of justices Altamas Kabir and S S Nijjar sought
Gandhi`s response on the petition by Congress candidate V M
Singh challenging dismissal of his plea by the Allahabad High
Court.

Senior counsel M N Krishnamani, appearing for Singh, told
the bench that the High Court had erroneously dismissed the
election petition without going into the technicalities and
evidence produced against Gandhi for his hate speeches in
Pilibhit Lok Sabha constituency of Uttar Pradesh.

He further submitted that the High Court, instead of
disposing of the election petition within the mandatory six
months period, chose to take nearly two years for deciding the
issue before dismissing it.

The petitioner has accused Varun of threatening to "cut
off both hands of persons who raised them against Hindus."

The petitioner further alleged that the BJP candidate had
exhorted the Hindus in the name of the Bhagwad Gita to vote
for him so that "Indian Muslims could not create another
Pakistan".

The senior counsel argued the High Court did not examine
these issues properly and had instead taken a reasoning that
the alleged speeches, even if delivered, were at the time of
the pre-nomination stage and hence did not warrant
disqualification under the Representation of People Act.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 12:58

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