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Varun gets bail from HC
New Delhi, Mar 20 (IANS):
Published on 21 Mar. 2009 2:12 AM IST
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BJP backs Varun for pilibIhit The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday backed Varun Gandhi’s candidature for Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh as he told the Election Commission that his election speeches that have triggered a furore for their alleged hate content were not intended to spark communal ill-will. Varun Gandhi also got anticipatory bail from the Delhi High Court till March 27 in the criminal case filed against him on the directions of the Election Commission over the speeches. Replying to the poll panel notice, his lawyers argued that the tapes of the alleged hate-Muslim speeches had been tampered with. The BJP, while declaring Varun Gandhi to be their candidate for Pilibhit, also urged the poll panel to take back the notice served on the party over the speeches. “Varun Gandhi is our candidate from Pilibhit. He is the declared candidate of the party,” said BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar amid speculation that the party had distanced itself from the young candidate. The Delhi High Court Friday granted anticipatory bail to BJP Lok Sabha candidate Varun Gandhi restraining the police from arresting him till the Allahabad High Court decides on his petition in connection with his alleged communal speeches. Justice Reva Khetrapal granted Varun’s plea, while rejecting the submission of Delhi Police that the court had no jurisdiction to entertain the petition as the FIR against him was lodged in Uttar Pradesh. The Court granted the bail and asked the politician to pay a personal surety of Rs 50,000. Varun approached the court as there is no provision of anticipatory bail in Uttar Pradesh where he has been booked under Sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act. The politician contended in his petition he is being falsely implicated as he is likely candidate from Pilibihit constituency and the FIR is an attempt to derail his campaign for the upcoming elections.

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