Press Club row: SAR Geelani gets bail(UPDATE)

New Delhi, Mar. 19 (ANI): Former Delhi University professor S.A.R. Geelani, who was arrested on charges of sedition over an event at the Press Club of India during which slogans eulogizing 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru were raised, was on Saturday granted bail by a Delhi Court on a personal surety of Rs. 50, 000.

The court has also asked the former DU professor to surrender his passport before the trial court at the time of furnishing the bail and surety bond.

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

At the Press Club event, a group had allegedly shouted slogans hailing Afzal Guru, following which the police had lodged a case against Geelani and other unnamed persons.

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.

Geelani was arrested in connection with the 2001 Parliament attack case but was acquitted for need of evidence by the Delhi High Court in October 2003, a decision upheld by the Supreme Court in August 2005. (ANI)

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