EC files criminal case against Varun Gandhi

Varun Gandhi made the speech targeting Muslims on March 6.
New Delhi: Election Commission will lodge a criminal case against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi for his inflammatory speech against the Muslims in Pilibhit.
The Commission has directed Pilibhit District Magistrate to lodge the criminal case against Varun Gandhi against the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
The case would be filed under Section 153 A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 123 (a) and 123 (b) and would be non-bailable. An explanation has also been sought from the District Magistrate.
Varun Gandhi was issued a notice by the Election Commission for the speech which he had made on March 6. The notice was also sent to BJP as the speech was made against the Muslim community during an election rally.
The Election Commission reviewed the CDs showing Varun Gandhi making the povocative speech before taking the decision.
Although Varun claimed that the CD of his speech had been forged many BJP leaders admitted that the speech was unacceptable and had embarrassed the party.
“BJP believes in integration and what we have seen on TV is unacceptable. This is Congress culture. This is not our culture. Yes!
The BJP’s image has been affected by his comments BJP has instructed all its candidates to integrate and we will decide what action has to be taken against him by party after his explanation,” said BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, a prominent Muslim leader of the BJP, demanded that Varun Gandhi publicly apologise for making the speech.
“Varun Gandhi has abused the entire Muslim community in his speech. To call every Muslim Osama is totally unacceptable. He should publicly apologise for making such a speech,” said Hussain.
“BJP does not associate itself with Varun Gandhi’s statement. BJP does not support such a statement and the central leadership has asked for the entire tape and will look into the matter. This is against the BJP’s ideology. Varun Gandhi has told the central leadership that his speech has been distorted and so the party is looking into the whole episode,” he added.
The party also issued an advisory to all its candidates to refrain from targeting any particular community during election rallies.
“BJP has advised all the candidates in the election fray to maintain caution and restrain while giving their speeches and otherwise as well.
This issue has been answered by Varun and EC has taken note of this so let EC decide on it. We must understand that Varun says this CD is tampered,” BJP media cell convenor Siddharth Nath Singh said in New Delhi on Tuesday.
CNN-IBN on Monday showed Varun making a provocative speech targeting Muslims in which he reportedly said that he will cut the hands of those who target Hindus.
A Congress delegation led by All India Congress Committee member Digvijay Singh had also met Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy at Election Commission office in New Delhi on Tuesday afternoon and demanded strict action against Varun.



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