Probe against Geelani, Roy still inconclusive: Police

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New Delhi, Feb 25 (PTI) Delhi Police today told acourt here that the probe against Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali ShahGeelani, writer Arundhati Roy and four others in a case ofof sedition for their alleged anti-India speeches, was stillinconclusive.

In a status report, filed in the court of MetropolitanMagistrate Navita Kumari Bagha, the Station House Officer(SHO) of Tilak Marg Police Station said that the probe in thecase has not concluded.

As the Magistrate did not hold the court today, thehearing was deferred to May 5.

The report was submitted on behalf of the SHO, who hassought exemption from personal appearance.

Meanwhile, complainant Sushil Pandit said that hewould move a fresh application seeking transfer of case eitherto the Crime Branch or to the Special Cell of Delhi Police forearly conclusion of the investigation.

"The mandatory 90 days period for filing thecharge sheet is also nearing end and the police are stillprobing the case," Pandit said.

Earlier, the Police had sought more time from thecourt to conclude the probe.

"The investigation is under progress and more time isrequired to conclude the same," the Police had said in itsreport.

The court had also clubbed three other complaints onthe same issue against Geelani, Roy and others for making thealleged anti-India speeches.

Besides Geelani and Roy, the complaint soughtprosecution of five others, including Delhi Universityprofessor S A R Geelani, who was acquitted in Parliamentattack case, and Sheikh Showkat Hussain, a professor ofKashmir University.

According to the complaint, the accused made thecomments at a convention here in October last year on ''Azadi-The Only Way''. Hurriyat leader Geelani shared the dais withRoy and pro-Maoist leader Varavara Rao among others. Geelaniwas heckled by the audience.

The complaint filed under Section 156 (3) of theCriminal Procedure Code in the court on November one hadalleged that the government had miserably failed to initiateany action against the "culprits of the anti-India seminar soa private complaint against them has been filed".

The Hurriyat leader had been asked by the Police not toleave the capital till further orders.

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