New Delhi: Varun Gandhi on Friday got temporary reprieve from the Delhi High Court which granted him anticipatory bail following allegations of making communal speeches but found no solace from the BJP which disapproved the contents of a CD on his speeches sent to it by the Election Commission.
The High Court on a petition from Varun restrained the police from arresting him till the Allahabad High Court decides on his plea in connection with his reported anti-Muslim 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.
Varun, in his petition before the Allahabad High Court, sought quashing of the FIR registered against him in Philibit for his alleged inflammatory and communal speeches.
The Court granted the bail and asked the politician to pay a personal surety of Rs50,000.
“The Bharatiya Janata Party categorically states that it completely disagrees, disassociates and disapproves the contents of the CD as sent to us,” party leader R Ramakrishna said in his single page reply to an EC notice.
Uttar Pradesh officials today visited the residence of 29-year-old Varun, BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Pilibhit, and handed over a copy of the CD containing his hate speech.
This comes three days after the Election Commission issued a notice to BJP and Varun for alleged violation of model code of conduct.
A two-member team headed by A K Mishra, a tehsildar rank officer of the UP Government, handed over the CD at the residence of Varun’s mother and former Union Minister Maneka Gandhi here, where the BJP candidate stays.
The officials were accompanied by a team from Delhi Police, which did not enter the residential premises. The team was at Gandhi’s residence for about half-an-hour.
“We have come here in connection with the CD case. We have handed over a copy of the CD,” Mishra said. Varun’s office, when contacted, refused to give any further details.
Varun had on Thursday moved the Delhi High Court seeking anticipatory bail. Sources in the UP police said the onus of challenging the contents of the CD lay on Varun.
The EC had on Tuesday directed the Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer to file a case under Indian Penal Code and Representation of the People Act against Varun in connection with his speeches.
The High Court issued notices to Delhi and Uttar Pradesh governments on Varun’s plea and listed the matter for further hearing on the question of jurisdiction on 27 March.
Varun contended that he was being falsely implicated.