Sedition Row: Former Delhi University Professor SAR Geelani Gets Bail

19/03/2016 2:47 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA: Indian university professor S.A.R. Geelani gestures as he addresses a press conference in New Delhi, 04 August 2005. India's Supreme Court confirmed the death penalty of Mohammad Afzal who was convicted in a December 2001 attack on India's parliament that pushed nuclear rivals India and Pakistan to the brink of war. The sentence of Shaukat Hussain who was convicted and sentenced to death by a high court was commuted to 10 year in prison. His wife and Delhi University Professor Geelani had lower court acquittals upheld by the Supreme Court, Press Trust of India said.Five armed rebels stormed the parliament on 13 December 2001, killing eight police officers and a gardener before they were shot dead by security forces. A journalist wounded in the attack died months later of his wounds. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- A Delhi Court on Saturday granted bail to former Delhi University professor SAR Geelani, who was arrested on charges of sedition.

The court had earlier reserved its order on Geelani.

A magisterial court had on February 19 dismissed the bail plea of Geelani, who was arrested on February 16.

A case was lodged against Geelani and other unnamed persons with regard to an event held at the Press Club of India on February 10 during which a group had allegedly raised slogans in support of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

The police had claimed to have registered the FIR taking suo motu cognisance of media clips of the incident.

Following registration of the FIR, the police questioned DU professor Ali Javed, a Press Club member who had booked the hall for the event, for two days.

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