Varun acquitted again, will he play a bigger role now?

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Pilibhit (UP), March 5: A Pilibhit court in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday acquitted BJP MP Varun Gandhi in connection with a hate speech case which was lodged against him during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. It was the second relief for the MP within seven-day time. On February 27, he was acquitted in a similar case by a Bareilly court.

The Congress had expressed its displeasure over the court's decision.

The basis of the latest court order, as like the first, was that there was no proof against the young BJP leader to substantiate the charge.

Varun, son of late Congress leader Sanjay, was acquitted by the court of the chief judicial magistrate, Abdul Qayyum, in a case of hate speech which was delivered during an election rally at Dalchandra. The case was lodged against him at the Kotwali police station in March that year. Two cases were lodged against him during the parliamentary polls.

Meanwhile, Gandhi's supporters hoped that since he has been exonerated now, his position will be elevated in the party hierarchy. His followers also expect to see him in the league of the crucial seven general secretaries who will be named soon by party president Rajnath Singh.

Varun Gandhi, who currently holds the position of secretary, had won the last Lok Sabha elections from Pilibhit by nearly three lakh votes, the highest by any BJP candidate in the polls that year.

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