Varun Gandhi, BJP candidate for the Pilibhit Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday moved the Delhi High Court seeking anticipatory bail in the criminal case filed against him for his alleged inflammatory communal speech in the constituency.
Counsel for Mr. Gandhi mentioned the petition before a Bench headed by Chief Justice A. P. Shah for early listing. The matter is posted for Friday before Justice Reva Khetrapal.
Varun Gandhi got a temporary reprieve on Friday when the Delhi high court granted him anticipatory bail in a criminal case filed against him for making anti-Muslim speeches during electioneering in Pilibhit.
The court directed UP Police, which has registered an FIR against the likely BJP Lok Sabha candidate on the election commission’s orders, not to arrest him till March 27 when it will decide whether it has the jurisdiction to entertain the young Gandhi’s plea for bail and scrap the FIR against him.
Police have charged Varun with promoting enmity between communities (section 153-A IPC), defying prohibitory orders (section 188) and indulging in electoral corruption (section 125 of the Representation of People Act), provisions which carry a maximum sentence of three years in jail and fine.