JNU row: DU ex-professor SAR Geelani’s bail plea rejected

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 19, 2016 17:27 IST
Delhi Police officers with SAR Geelani, former Delhi University lecturer, who was booked for sedition for allegedly organising an event marking the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru at the Press Club of India. (Hindustan Times)

A Delhi court on Friday dismissed former DU professor SAR Geelani’s bail plea.

The 46 year old professor was arrested on charges of incitement and sedition after an event was held at Press Club on 10th February where anti-nationalist slogans were allegedly shouted.

The plea filed before metropolitan magistrate Harwinder Singh was strongly opposed by the public prosecutor on the basis that Geelani “had links” and could therefore influence witnesses.

However, arguing on behalf of bail, Geelani’s lawyer Satish Tamta said he had expected “a better reply” from cops as they had time to investigate the matter now. Cops also said they were still trying to trace other suspects

“It’s been three days since my arrest, if they can’t find other suspects how is that my fault?” Asked Tamta during arguments on behalf of Geelani.

Tamta added that the police FIR was clear that “everyone was silenced and the meeting was disbanded so where was the incitement?”

He had also pointed out that cops had brought up Geelani’s alleged involvement in the Parliament attack case “just to prejudice” his client. He added that the professor was honourably acquitted by the Delhi high court.

Meanwhile the public prosecutor argued that Geelani had been “acquitted on technical grounds” and that it was an admitted fact Geelani was at press club and had put up a board “glorifying Afzal Guru who was an enemy of the state as held by the Supreme Court.”

“He (Geelani) was so shrewd that he didn’t even give his credit card, didn’t book the hall in his name and he is not cooperating with cops. He has in the past organised this kind of event. If the previous governments couldn’t stop him and this government wants to, why not tell them?” argued the prosecutor.

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