Plea to try Geelani withdrawn from HC as police lodges FIR

The high court had earlier issued notices to the Centre and the Delhi Police seeking their stands on the plea and its maintainability.

Last Updated: Jan 27, 2011, 17:51 PM IST

New Delhi: The plea to try hardline Hurriyat
leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, writer Arundhati Roy and four
others for allegedly making anti-India speeches was withdrawn
from the Delhi High Court on Thursday after the city police informed
it that an FIR into the case has already been lodged.

"Now, the petition becomes infructuous," Justice Mukta
Gupta said, taking note of the Delhi Police submission that an
FIR into the case has already been lodged and a probe was on.

Following the court order, Salek Chand Jain, who had
filed the plea through advocate Sugriva Dube, withdrew the
petition seeking prosecution of the Hurriyat leader and others
for their alleged anti-India speeches at a convention here in
October last year.

The high court had earlier issued notices to the Centre
and the Delhi Police seeking their stands on the plea and its
maintainability.

Taking cognisance of a complaint by Sushil Pandit, a
lower court had earlier ordered the Delhi Police to register
an FIR against Geelani, Roy and four others for sedition and
has asked to file the status report on February 25.

Besides Geelani and Roy, the four others whose
prosecution was sought included Delhi University professor S A
R Geelani, who was acquitted in the Parliament attack case,
and Sheikh Showkat Hussain, a professor of Kashmir University.

According to the complaint, the accused had made the
comments at a convention here in October on `Azadi-The Only
Way`. Hurriyat leader Geelani shared the dais with Roy and
pro-Maoist leader Vara Vara Rao among others. Geelani was
heckled by the audience.

PTI