SC throws out Geelani's petition; refuses to blot out remarks

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New Delhi, Oct 12 (UNI) The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition filed by Delhi University lecturer S A R Geelani, who was acquitted in the Parliament attack case, seeking to expunge adverse remarks made against him by the apex ourt.

A bench, comprising Justices P P Naolekar and Lokeshwar Singh Panta, dismissed the petition after hearing senior counsel Ram Jethmalani that the remarks made by the apex court while acquitting the petitioners that he relished and laughed heartily when the incident of the attack on the Parliament House by militants on December 13, 2001 was narrated to him were ''uncalled for''.

Geelani was awarded the death penalty by the trial court but was later acquitted by the Delhi High Court after giving him the benefit of the doubt. The acquittal order was upheld by the Supreme Court.

The apex court, in its judgement, had also observed that the conduct of Geelani in the case was not above board.

The petitioner in his plea had contended that the impugned remarks were like a stigma for the petitioner, which he will have to live with throughout his life, if the remarks were not expunged.

Mr Jethmalani also cited a Delhi High Court judgement, which had noted that the tape was totally inaudible and even an expert in forensic science could not understand it and hence, the observations of the court were uncalled for.

The apex court, however, declined to entertain the petition and dismissed it.

UNI

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