Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government will challenge Pilibhit court's decision acquitting BJP leader Varun Gandhi in two hate speech cases during 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

"The government will challenge the court's decision acquitting Varun in two hate speech and one vandalism cases in the higher court," said Ashish Gupta, IG Special Task Force.

He said there were two cases of hate speech against Varun lodged during Lok Sabha elections in 2009.

In the cases related to hate speech, Varun was acquitted by the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Abdul Qayyum on February 27 and March 5 respectively. In case relating to vandalism he was discharged on May 3 by the sessions court.

The announcement came hours after Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma accused the UP government of having a tacit understanding with the BJP leader.

(Agencies)

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