The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the plea of SAR Geelani, a Delhi University teacher who was acquitted in the 2001 Parliament attack case, to set aside a trial court order that had summoned him in a perjury case for furnishing false residential address in the court.
A bench headed by justice P Sathasivam dismissed Geelani’s petition and observed that the trial court had correctly issued the summons, that is, after perusing the police report against the DU teacher. “Why don’t you face the trial and raise these points over there. This order doesn’t warrant SC interference,” the bench told Geelani’s counsel Kamini Jaiswal.
The bench disagreed with Jaiswal’s contention that the case was an attempt to harass Geelani.
The DU teacher had submitted a false affidavit while standing as a surety for an accused in an attempt to murder case.
As a surety for Mirza Iftikhar Hussain, who was acquitted by the trial court in the 1996 Lajpat Nagar bombing case, Geelani had provided fake address to the court. The DU teacher, however, stood as Hussain’s surety in another case that was registered after he attacked an undertrial during his stay at Tihar Jail on April 15, 2008. Hussain was granted bail on April 19.
While furnishing the surety, Geelani had given 568/22, Moti Masjid Road, Zakir Nagar, New Delhi, as his residential address. However, police found that Geelani used to reside at the address three years ago. Following the disclosure, the court dismissed Mirza’s bail bond on April 21, 2010. Three days later, Mirza applied for fresh bail bond. In his affidavit, Geelani mentioned his residential address as 185/3, 4rth floor, Zakir Nagar.
Additional sessions judge Nivedita Anil Sharma issued summons against Geelani on May 4, after observing that he had submitted a false affidavit.