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Varun Gandhi released from jail

Varun Gandhi released from jail

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: April 16, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/169961/Varun-Gandhi-released-from-jail.html

BJP candidate Varun Gandhi was on Thursday released from jail on parole following a Supreme Court directive, almost 19 days after he was detained under the NSA for making hate speeches at election meetings in Pilibhit.

Dressed in a maroon kurta and sporting a stubble, 29-year-old Gandhi waved to the crowd of hundreds of supporters outside the Etah jail, where a large posse of security personnel had been deployed, and accompanied by his mother Maneka Gandhi sped away in a Toyota Land Cruiser.

A small convoy of three cars and over five police vehicles followed Varun, BJP candidate from the Pilibhit Lok Sabha constituency, on the dusty road.

Official sources said the release came with a condition that Varun would not hold any road show in the district.

They said the young leader was not allowed to offer prayers at a local temple as officials feared that it could lead to a law and order problem.

"The order for Varun's release was received at 5 PM. However, he had to complete certain formalities and other security details which took some time," Gaurav Dayal, District Magistrate Etah said.

Varun's lawyer Prashant Singh Atal said he had been released on parole for two weeks during which he is likely to file his nominations for the Pilibhit seat.

"However, whenever Varun decides to leave Pilibhit, he has to inform the District Magistrate in writing," said Atal.

A splash of saffron was visible around the Etah prison with triangular flags marked with 'Om' fixed at vantage points.

Scores of BJP and Vishwa Hindu Parishad workers had assembled to have a glimpse of their 'Hindutva' icon, who had earlier given an undertaking to the apex court that he will abide by the model code of conduct and will not give any inflammatory speeches.

Journalists jostled with each other to get a byte of Varun, who did not speak to mediapersons.

Besides Varun's supporters, there were also curious onlookers including Ramesh Chandra Giri who claimed to have worked with Varun's father late Sanjay Gandhi.

"I had worked with Sanjay Gandhi in New Delhi as the vice-president of the Taksal Mazdoor Sang. Although, I am still with the Congress, it was my desire to see Varun in person," 55-year-old Giri, a resident of Etah, said.

Meanwhile, BJP district president and local MLA Praja Palan Verma claimed that with Varun's release, UP government's plans "to frame him" had collapsed.

"It was a conspiracy of the Uttar Pradesh government to frame him. He is loved by the masses and is a true young leader," Verma said.

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