Varun Gandhi approaches Supreme Court against detention

April 1st, 2009 - 4:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) candidate in Pilibhit Varun Gandhi, in jail for his alleged hate campaign speeches, Wednesday approached the Supreme Court to challenge his detention under the National Security Act (NSA).
Varun Gandhi, who was moved to Uttar Pradesh’s Etah jail early Wednesday from Pilibhit,

was being held illegally by the state government, his lawyer, former additional solicitor general Mukul Rohtagi, told a bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan.

The bench assured Rohtagi that it would hear his petition Thursday.

Rohtagi told the bench that he was in the process of filing a habeas corpus petition to bring Varun Gandhi to the court. The habeas corpus special petition is filed when a person goes missing and foul play is suspected.

Varun Gandhi was arrested and later booked under the stringent NSA by the Uttar Pradesh government for “inciting violence” prior to his arrest Saturday.

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