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Friday, May 15, 2009

NSA against Varun revoked

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday revoked the National Security Act (NSA) slapped on BJP’s Pilibhit candidate Varun Gandhi. This follows a Supreme Court directive earlier in the day.

Mr. Gandhi was booked under the NSA on March 29 for his alleged inflammatory speeches at an election rally in Pilibhit.

The State Advisory Board, which conducted an in camera hearing on April 28, recommended the revocation.

A Home Department spokesman told reporters here that the State government had opposed the revocation of the NSA by the Advisory Board as it felt that the move to slap NSA on Mr. Gandhi was correct and it did not agree with the Board’s advice. The government was committed to enforcing the rule of law and strict action would be taken against offenders irrespective of their status, he added.

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