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Varun booked under NSA, no bail

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on March 29, 2009

Attempt to murder

Attempt to murder

It appears that Varun Gandhi has been booked under the stringent National Security Act for his VERBAL outbursts. The order was delivered in jail on a Sunday night so he has no chance of getting bail tomorrow.

New Delhi: BJP leader ’s political career plunged into deeper trouble on Sunday night with the Uttar Pradesh government deciding to book him under the National Security Act (NSA) for inciting communal tensions which may result in him being under detention for upto one year.Varun Gandhi

Source : IBN Live


 Here is a list of accusations against him,

Varun, who is in judicial custody, has been booked under sections 147, 148 and 149 (rioting and related charges), 307 (attempt to murder), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 336 (doing any act that endangers human life or the personal safety of others) and certain sections of IPC and public safety and certain state acts for the violence around the district jail here, they said. 

Source : TOI

 Just a few hours earlier, the Pilibhit District Magistrate Ashok Chauhan ruled out NSA being applied on Varun .

“An order issued hy Pilibhit district magistrate Ajay Chauhan invoking NSA on the BJP nominee this evening has been served to Gandhi, who is currently lodged in the district jail,” Additional Cabinet Secretary Vijay Shanker Pandey said.


Some key points :

1) The CD was released a full 9 – days after the event. There was obviously no communal riots during the interim or even after the English Language Media pumped up the story non stop.  So either the speech did not happen or the speech fell flat and did not result in a riot. Anyway you look at it, the incitement to riot is bogus. 

2) Varun cannot be held responsible for the behaviour of a huge crowd of his supporters at the time of his arrest.  So this is bogus too.

3) Varun himself has said that if he could he could undo certain things he said. That ought to be enough in a country like India where even seasoned veterans hold out divisive promises of first claim on resources.  Varuns rookie status must be considered.

4) This is election time and even a fool knows we still have some work left to do in this country. These major issues need to be highlighted to the public. This is the medias responsibility- yet they are taking on the collective task of destroying Varun. They and the UPA fully know that this will drive up Hindu anger and Muslim insecurity.  To an onlooker it might even seem like they are out to start a communal riot where none exists.

5) The punishment must match the crime.  Sweethearts, DIVISIVE policies is the bread and butter of this country.  Furthermore, merely delivering a divisive speech cannot be more offensive then creating a divisive policy.


Reality Check’s appeal to those who are outraged by the invocation of NSA.

Please bottle up your emotions for a minute.  The “dominant political force” thrives in muddy waters and a high voltage environment. Ordinary muslims have nothing to do with this. In fact, the governments actions will have the effect of increasing insecurity amongst muslims.  No one likes to live like this in a constant state of fear and insecurity. Again, do not hold our Muslim brothers responsible for this. Let me also throw in the fact that they do not control the media either. They merely have surrogate seculars in the media who project themselves as their protectors.  

Direct your anger against the government and its support structure via the ballot box.

Vote the Congress led UPA out of power for sowing the seeds of division in this country.

Do we need this rusting artifact of history in this new century ? You decide.

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  1. Barbarindian said, on March 30, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Why is the media not releasing the full speech? The various youtube versions seem to have been made by splicing together different parts of at least three different speeches at different locations.

    I don’t think there can be any case unless the full unedited CD is submitted. This is elementary.

  2. rc said, on March 30, 2009 at 4:29 am

    Yes, I have also not been able to find the full tape online. Let me know if you do.

    Anytime we see splicing or editing, it should raise a warning. Editing can change the context of words. More importantly, it shows that someone has taken the effort of editing and splicing – which leads to the conclusion that the full tape needed some massaging.

    If the tapes have been spliced or edited – the media needs to be taken to the cleaners. Unfortunately, even the court system may not be able to deal with the hell the media will raise if one of their own is put through the legal system.

    This is ALL they have been talking about for the past fortnight. This might well continue until the ballot day. One wonders if this is to hide the concrete failures of the UPA government like its refusal to probe to spectrum scam or to request swiss banks for account details, etc.

    This is the problem I have with the BJP or even the third front. If they come to power, their first task must be to undermine the support structure of the divisive policies of the congress. They seem to sink in to the plush sofa called power and get all complacent. Let us hope the NDA or the 3rd front can subject the media houses to the laws of the land.

    My take on Pilibhit :

    1. Until today there has been no communal riot in Pilibhit. By no riot I mean, no one has even sustained minor injuries. It is important to also note that the speech did not have a snowballing effect in the sense that other speeches did not build on top of it. With this information it can be concluded that it was a one off speech.

    2. By blowing up this issue non stop – the media has created a surcharged atmosphere where none existed.

  3. J said, on March 31, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    “Vote the Congress led UPA out of power for sowing the seeds of division in this country.”??

    Agreed… But who is the lesser Evil? BJP? BSP? RJD? CPI(Hell.. NO!)?

  4. rc said, on April 1, 2009 at 2:38 am

    >> Agreed… But who is the lesser Evil? BJP? BSP? RJD? CPI(Hell.. NO!)?

    You decide the alternative.

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