Former DU lecturer SAR Gilani, booked for sedition charges in connection with a Press Club event here, was today denied bail by a Delhi court which said the slogans raised at this meeting could have incited violence and created public disorder.
Metropolitan Magisrate Harvinder Singh dismissed Gilanis bail plea after taking note of a CCTV footage produced by the police.
“Since the applicant/accused along with 20-25 other youth were raising anti-national slogans, slogans for Azadi of Kashmir and were raising slogans hailing Maqbool Bhatt and Afzal Guru as martyrs who were convicted and executed…, it can be inferred from the slogans raised by the applicant/ accused along with 20-25 other youth that they intended to bring Government of India into contempt with likelihood of eruption of violence and public disorder.
“Hence this court do not find force in the submissions of the counsel for accused that even prima facie case for offence punishable under section 124A of IPC is not attracted in this matter… Therefore the application of grant of bail is hereby rejected,” the judge said.
The court also took note of the statements of two Press Club officials who stated that Gilani, along with other youths, was chanting slogans on freedom for Kashmir and calling Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru as martyrs.
“In view of the same, in the opinion of this court, there is prima facie case for offence punishable under section 124-A (sedition) read with section 120B (criminal conspiracy) against the accused,” the court said.
During arguments, the police opposed the bail plea saying the offence was grave and there was apprehension that he might try to influence the investigation and tamper with the evidence if released on bail.
The counsel for the police also alleged that “there has been incitement and hatred generated against the government of India. The entire purpose of the event was to create disloyalty among the people of India.”
It also claimed that Gilani was not cooperating with the probe and not telling the whereabouts of the others involved in booking the conference hall where the event was held.
Advocate Satish Tamta, appearing for Gilani, told the court that the police was relying on clips of news channels and a CCTV footage recording of the Press Club of India.
“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 to stop,” he said.
( Source – PTI )