Ex-DU prof Geelani gets granted bail in sedition case

New Delhi: A court on Saturday granted bail to former Delhi University professor SAR Geelani, who was arrested in February on sedition charges. Additional Sessions Judge Deepak Garg granted bail to Geelani, and asked him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and one surety of like amount.

JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar with Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya on Saturday. PIC/PTI
JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar with Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya on Saturday. PIC/PTI

Granting bail, the court took into note that Geelani has been in judicial custody since February 16 and said that he was not required for further investigation in any manner and the completion of investigation was going to take time. He “shall not directly or indirectly make any inducement, threat or promise to any person acquainted with the fact of the case so as to dissuade them from disclosing such facts of the court or to any other authority,” the court said. Geelani shall surrender his passport before the trial court at the time of furnishing the bail bond/surety bond, it added.

SAR Geelani
SAR Geelani

On Friday, Delhi Police told the court that the allegations against Geelani were grievous. Geelani, who was arrested after police registered a case against him for organising a meeting at Press Club in Delhi on February 9 to mark the death anniversary of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, had moved a fresh bail application before the court on Wednesday.

Umar, Anirban back at JNU
New Delhi: JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya walked out of Tihar jail on Saturday, over three weeks after their arrest on sedition charges in connection with a controversial event at the university where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. They were greeted outside the jail by a group of JNU students. They were released hours after a city court granted them interim bail for six months on the ground of parity with JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar.

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