Sedition case: Ex-DU professor SAR Geelani released from Tihar jail

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 22, 2016 01:25 IST
Delhi Police officials with SAR Geelani, the former Delhi University lecturer who was booked for sedition for allegedly organising an event marking the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Delhi University lecturer SAR Geelani, who was arrested in a case of sedition last month, was released from Tihar jail on Monday.

“Geelani left the jail premises around 8.40pm. His relatives and lawyer had come to receive him,” a senior official said.

Geela was lodged in jail number 1 in Tihar, the official said.

A Delhi court on Monday issued the warrant for the release of Geelani. He had been granted bail last week in a sedition case. However, his release from Tihar jail was delayed as his permanent address in Jammu and Kashmir, mentioned in his bail bond, could not be verified.

In its bail order, the judge had also said that Geelani “shall not leave the jurisdiction of Delhi without permission of court” and asked him to surrender his passport.

Gilani was arrested on February 16 in connection with an event at Press Club of India in New Delhi during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised by a group.

A case under charges of sedition, criminal conspiracy and unlawful assembly were registered in connection to the February 10 event.

The police had said the hall in the Press Club was booked by Geelani through his associate Ali Javed by using his (Geelani’s) credit card. Another man, Mudassar, was also involved.

In 2001, Geelani was arrested by Delhi Police in connection with the Parliament attack case but acquitted for “need of evidence” by the Delhi high court in October 2003, a decision upheld by the Supreme Court in August 2005.

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