Police file FIR against Varun Gandhi

Police file FIR against Varun GandhiNew Delhi, Mar 17 : Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi in Pilibhit for his alleged inflammatory speech against Muslims.

The case was registered under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code.

Earlier in the day, the Election Commission filed a criminal case against Gandhi for his inflammatory speech against Muslims.

The Commission also directed the District Magistrate of Pilibhit to file the case against Gandhi.

Varun Gandhi, however, has denied the charges, saying that the CD containing his speech had been tampered with.

"All I want to say is that tomorrow I will be addressing a press conference in Delhi and I will be clarifying my stand on every single issue," he said.

On March 6, at an election meeting in his constituency Pilibhit, Varun Gandhi had said, "All Hindus should remain on one side and send the rest to Pakistan."

"They have names such as Karimullah, Mazurullah. If you see them in the night you would get scared," he added.

The BJP Vice President Mukthar Abbas Naqvi on Monday said that Varun's remarks were a manifestation of his Congress past.

"Whatever is being shown on television channels, our party completely disagrees with it. We believe that whoever tries to dismantle the social fabric, to gain political mileage is not agreeable at all and the Election Commission will take action on it," Naqvi said.

Another BJP leader Shanawaz Hussain said the party completely disowned the incident and had nothing to do with the remarks made by Varun.

"This is not the opinion of Bharatiya Janata Party and there have been no instances when any of the BJP leaders have ever made such remarks. We completely disown this incident. The BJP will detach itself from him. Party has nothing to do with his remarks," Hussain said. (ANI)