DU Prof SAR Geelani dies | Geelani was sentenced to death in Parliament Attack case later acquitted by Supreme Court


The Hush Post| 9:55 pm|one-minute-read|

Former DU professor Syed Abdul Rahman Geelani had died. Geelani was sentenced to death by a special court but later acquitted by the Supreme Court in the 2001 Parliament attack case. He died following a cardiac arrest on Thursday, his family said.

“He passed away on Thursday evening due to cardiac arrest,” a family member confirmed.

Geelani used to teach Arabic at Delhi University’s Zakir Hussain College. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

He was also charged with sedition in 2016, after he had organised an event against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. This happened days after a similar event at JNU had sparked controversy over alleged anti-national slogans that led to the arrest of student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and two others.

Though the apex court had upheld the high court decision, it had remained “suspicious of his role”.

Geelani’s counsel, noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani, had argued that the SC’s “unfortunate observations, even while acquitting him for want of evidence, were seriously affecting both his career and social life” but the court had rejected his plea


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