SRINAGAR: Two days after being granted bail by a Delhi Court, former Delhi University professor SAR Geelani was on Monday released from Tihar Jail.
“We received his (Geelani) release orders from the court and after completing jail formalities he was released at 9:50 pm,” Additional Inspector General Tihar Mukesh Prasad told Kashmir Reader.
“The release process takes time as we have to check all legalities involved,” Prasad said.
Earlier, the magistrate court had issued the warrant, after completing all the formalities, for facilitating Geelani’s release from the Delhi Jail.
“Today, we went to the court of metropolitan magistrate for completing all the formalities including the address verification of the surety. The magistrate issued orders for Abbu’s immediate release saying the verification process can continue in the meantime. It was such a relief,” Geelani’s daughter Nusrat told Kashmir Reader.
“I am very happy. My father is innocent and a case based on media reports was registered against him. Let police investigate, file chargesheet. Our fight for justice will continue legally and insha’Allah all the charges on my father will prove baseless,” Nusrat said.
On Saturday, Geelani was granted bail by a Delhi court on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and one surety of the same amount.
Satish Tamta, Geelani’s counsel, sought bail for him, claiming there is nothing on record that he shouted anti-India slogans or asked others to do so. It was a meeting of intellectuals to discuss the Kashmir issue, he had said.
“There was nothing in the event which led to any violence as there was nothing that could be called incitement,” Tamta said, adding that as per the Supreme Court order, merely shouting slogans doesn’t amount to an offence under the section 124-A(Sedition) of the Indian Penal Code.
However, Delhi Police had opposed the bail plea saying the event was “an attack on the soul of India” and it was “contempt of court.”
At the Press Club event, a group had allegedly shouted slogans hailing Afzal Guru, following which the police had lodged a case under sections 124A (sedition), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 149 (unlawful assembly) of the IPC against Geelani and other unnamed persons. The police had claimed to have registered the FIR taking suo motu cognisance of the video footage of the incident.
Following registration of the FIR, the police questioned DU professor Javed, a Press Club member, who had booked the hall for the event, for two days.
Geelani was arrested in connection with the 2001 Parliament attack case but was acquitted for “need of evidence” by Delhi High Court in October 2003, a decision upheld by the Supreme Court in August 2005.