New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed the Uttar Pradesh government to withdraw forthwith charges under the National Security Act (NSA) against BJP leader Varun Gandhi which were imposed for his alleged hate speeches.
“The state government shall forthwith withdraw the detention order against Varun Gandhi under the NSA,” a bench headed by chief justice K.G. Balakrishnan said.
The apex court disposed of the petition filed by Varun challenging the imposition of the NSA as well as the application filed by the Uttar Pradesh government seeking setting aside the decision of the State Advisory Board recommending revocation of the stringent law against him.
After the bench, also comprising justices P.Sathsavim and Deepak Verma passed the order, the BJP leader’s counsel and senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi did not press for the second petition seeking an exemplary damages of Rs10 lakh from the Uttar Pradesh government.