Saturday, March 28, 2009

Varun Gandhi sent to judicial custody till Monday (Lead: Varun Gandhi)

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi, who on Saturday moved a surrender plea in Pilibhit's local court, has been sent to two-day judicial custody.
The application, which was moved by his lawyers before Chief Judicial Magistrate Vipin Kumar, will be taken up on Monday.
Speaking with journalists outside the Pilibhit court, Varun said: "I am ready to go to jail. I am victim of political conspiracy."
Earlier in the day, party workers, who gathered here to support Varun, were arrested after they clashed with police.
On Friday, Varun withdrew his anticipatory bail application from the Delhi High Court. The court had granted him anticipatory bail on March 20.
Varun took the decision to withdraw the bail application after the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday rejected his petition seeking quashing of two FIRs registered against him for his speeches in Pilibhit on March 7 and 8.
He was accused of making inflammatory communal remarks at election meetings in his constituency on March 6.
The Election Commission issued a notice to Varun, charging him of violating the Model Code of Conduct for elections by making communal remarks.
Following the Election Commission notice, the Pilibhit police filed an FIR under Sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act.

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