Updated: February 20, 2016 5:37:20 pm
A Delhi trial court Friday dismissed the bail plea of Delhi University professor SAR Geelani, who has been arrested on charges of sedition, over an event at the Press Club on February 10 where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.
Rejecting the plea, Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh said, “Since the accused, along with 20 to 25 youth, raised anti-national slogans… it can be inferred… that they intended to bring the Government of India into contempt with likelihood of eruption of violence and public disorder.”
“Hence, this court does not find force in the submissions of the counsel for accused that even prima facie case for offence punishable under Section 124A of IPC (sedition) is not attracted in this matter… In view of the same, there is prima facie case for offence punishable under Section 124-A read with Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) against the accused…,” added the court.
The court also took note of the statements made by two Press Club officials who stated that Geelani, along with other youth, allegedly chanted the slogans. It also took note of CCTV footage produced by the prosecution. Arguing for bail, defence counsel advocate Satish Tamta said there was no apprehension of Geelani fleeing from the probe. He also alleged that the prosecution has been “trying to prejudice” the court by stating that Geelani was named as an accused in the Parliament attack case.
“The courts of this country have acquitted me. I cannot make any confession in the name of cooperation. I have been acquitted in 2003. I have my roots and my family here. To keep me in jail on apprehension that I will run away is denial of my right. I have no role to play in the slogans raised in the event and in fact, I was the one who pacified and made the persons raising slogans stop,” said Geelani through his lawyer.
“My client has identified those he could, in the clippings. He has also submitted his phone and shown them (police) his laptop and e-mails. He is a teacher and there is no reason for him to run away from the probe,” added Tamta.
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