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Court issues notice to Varun Gandhi in 2009 hate speech case

Patrika Staff | Updated on: 8 July 2016, 18:40 IST

There is fresh trouble for BJP leader Varun Gandhi in the 2009 hate speech case. The Pilibhit district court has issued a notice to Gandhi asking him to appear in court. The notice has been sent through the UP Secretariat and the Lok Sabha Speaker.

District Judge Kautilya Kumar Gaur expressed displeasure that summons have not been complied with for the last three years. The court fixed 30 September as the next date of hearing.

The summons were issued to Varun Gandhi after a social worker Asad Hayat had challenged his acquittal in 2013. However, Varun Gandhi has failed to appear in the court.

The young BJP leader courted controversy when he was caught on tape making inflammatory comments against a minority community during a public meeting in the run up to 2009 Lok Sabha election.

A case was registered against Varun Gandhi under various sections of the IPC and the People's Representation Act.

First published: 8 July 2016, 18:40 IST
 
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