New Delhi: A local court in Pilibhit has framed charges against BJP leader Varun Gandhi for inflammatory speeches during the last Lok Sabha poll campaign.

There were reports that the ruling Samajwadi Party government was considering withdrawing cases against Varun Gandhi after seeking a report from the district administration. The action was initiated on the request of 32-year-old Gandhi, who had written to the state government in this regard.

Three cases including creating enmity between people on religious ground, committing malicious acts to cause outrage by insulting religion and attempt to murder were lodged against the BJP MP from Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh during 2009 Lok Sabha election campaign for his alleged inflammatory speeches.

Two FIRs against Varun were lodged at Barkhera police station for allegedly delivering inflammatory speeches and the third FIR was in connection with the violence when he was taken to jail after his surrender. The police has already filed charge sheets in these cases.

(JPN/Agencies)

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