New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court challenging advisory board’s decision of revoking charges against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi under the stringent National Security Act (NSA) for his alleged hate speeches.
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The advisiory board on 8 May had held that it neither found “plausible and convincing” grounds for the NSA being invoked against Varun nor was it satisfied by the explanation given by the Pilibhit district magistrate.
The 29-year-old Varun, who is BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Pilibhit, is currently on parole following a Supreme Court order after remaining in jail for nearly three weeks. He was released from Etah jail on 16 April. His parole expires on 14 May.
Varun was let off by a three-member advisory board headed by senior judge of the Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court, justice Pradeep Kant, which went into the maintainability of Varun’s detention by the Uttar Pradesh government under the NSA imposed on 29 March.