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VHP leader Acharya Dharmendra gets 1 yr jail for hate speech

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Jaipur: Senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Acharya Dharmendra has been sentenced to one year imprisonment by a Rajasthan court for making a hate speech in November 2008. Judicial magistrate, Baran district, Ashish Meena pronounced the verdict yesterday holding the VHP leader guilty of causing communal disharmony.

“We honour the court’s order, but we will challenge it in the sessions court in a month’s time,” defence counsel Dilip Singh Panwar told PTI. Kotwali police in Baran district had booked the VHP leader on November 27, 2008 for his speech at a religious gathering. A case was registered against him under various sections of IPC pertaining to promoting enmity between different groups, disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant and other offences.