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Delhi: The Patiala House court on Saturday granted bail to ex-Delhi University lecturer SAR Gilani, arrested under sedition charges in connection with a Press Club event on February 10.
The Delhi Police had opposed the bail plea saying the event was “an attack on the soul of India” and termed it as “contempt of court.” However, Gilani’s counsel said that there was no evidence that GIlani had raised any anti-Indian slogans, adding that criticising Supreme Court judgement was not contempt of court.
“There is nothing on record that Gilani shouted anti-India slogans or asked others to do so. It was a meeting of intellectuals to discuss the Kashmir issue. I had organised the event as I am Vice President of one of the committees for demanding release of the political prisoners.
“There was nothing in the event which led to any violence as there was nothing that could be called incitement. The prosecution has not pointed out that I was the one raising slogans or asked others to do so. And even if I did so, that doesn’t come under 124A as it did not create any violence or incitement for the violence,” the counsel for Gilani said, adding that as per the SC orders itself, shouting slogans merely doesn’t consist 124-A.
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 Gilani and other unnamed persons.
(With agency inputs)