2 Apr : Supreme Court has issued notice to Uttar Pradesh Government and Pilibhit District Magistrate for invoking National Security Act against BJP leader Varun Gandhi in connection with his alleged hate speeches.
Earlier on Wednesday, BJP leader Varun Gandhi moved the Supreme Court challenging Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to slap National Security Act (NSA) against him for alleged hate speeches in Pilibhit saying it was done by Uttar Pradesh government to "sabotage" his electoral debut.
"The entire attempt is a combined effort of the District Magistrate of Pilibhit and Uttar Pradesh government to ensure that he is not able to contest and campaign for general elections scheduled for next month so as to sabotage his electoral debut," the petition filed on behalf of Varun said.
The 29-year leader, who sought release from the jail, said the detention order under NSA was passed with "political motivation" without following the due procedure.The petition, filed through advocate Sandeep Kapoor, sought quashing of the District Magistrate’s order invoking section 3(2) of NSA for allegedly making inflammatory statements and causing a breach of public order when he went to Pilibhit to surrender on 28th March in cases registered against him for his communal speeches during the campaign.
Varun, who was tipped to contest from Pilibhit, alleged he was detained under NSA as there was apprehension to Uttar Pradesh government that he will be released on bail in the cases registered against him for the alleged hate speeches.
He alleged there was a breach of peace on the day of surrender due to brutality and excesses by the police when he was going to surrender.