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NSA against Varun invalid: UP Advisory Board
Tribune News Service

Lucknow, May 8
In a major setback to the Mayawati government, the Allahabad High Court’s state advisory board has not confirmed the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to invoke NSA against Pilibhit BJP candidate Varun Gandhi.

Under the National Security Act, a state advisory board has to confirm the charges within six weeks of its invocation. A confidential meeting of the three-member board was held on April 28 where Varun had also appeared.

According to a leading criminal lawyer of the high court, Shoib Ahmad: “There is virtually no case once the board does not uphold the charges. The state government may file a writ but it would not hold in the face of an adverse advise from the board. Revoking NSA now is a matter of routine.”

It may be recalled that the state government had booked Varun under the NSA on March 29 for allegedly making hate speeches during his election campaign in Pilibhit.

State to move SC

Meanwhile, the UP government has decided to move the Supreme Court against the recommendations of the board.

The Department of Home spokesperson accused the board of giving its opinion without considering all the facts, which was described as “totally unjustified”.

According to the Home Department, the District Magistrate of Pilibhit had pleaded for more time to present his case before the board during its hearing.

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