A city court has ordered initiation of criminal proceedings against Delhi university teacher S.A.R. Geelani for allegedly furnishing false information in an affidavit he submitted as surety for bail of an accused.
Geelani, who faced trial in the December 13, 2001 Parliament attack case and was acquitted, was seen in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja. His case is fixed for hearing on Wednesday.
Geelani had stood surety for one Mirza Iftikhar Hussain, accused in a culpable homicide case registered at Police Station Harinagar, after the latter was granted bail on April 17, 2010.
Two days later, Geelani filed an affidavit as surety in the court of Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Nivedita Anil Sharma in which he allegedly gave a false address.
In the said affidavit, he mentioned 568/22, Moti Masjid Road, Zakir Nagar, New Delhi, as his residential address. However, after verification, the police found that Geelani was not residing at the given address.
The police informed the court that Geelani stayed at the address given nearly three years ago, and presently his brother Sayed Bismillah Geelani was residing there.
The court rejected Mirza's bail bond on April 21. Again, on April 24 furnished a fresh bail bond. Geelani again filed an affidavit in court with his address 185/3, 4th floor, Zakir Nagar.
The police told the court that Geelani had faced a criminal trial in the sensational Parliament attack case and was acquitted. Still he has submitted a false affidavit to mislead judicial proceedings, they alleged.
The police said it was apparent from records that Geelani did not furnish any documentary proof of his address, such as ration card or voter I-Card along with the affidavit.
Contending that Geelani was available at both the addresses, Mirza's counsel R. Qazi told the court that Geelani did not submit any false information to the court.
Observing that it was clear a false affidavit had been made part of a judicial proceeding, ASJ Sharma ordered initiation of criminal proceedings against Geelani under Section 195 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
A false affidavit, especially in criminal case, could not be pardoned, the court said.