NEW DELHI: In a major turn of events, the Delhi police is said to have no evidence against Kashmiri intellectual, Professor Syed Abdur Rehman Gilani, says a media report.
Professor SAR Gilani was recently arrested by Delhi police on sedition charges in connection with an event held at the Press Club of India in New Delhi on the martyrdom anniversary of Kashmiri martyr, Muhammad Afzal Guru, on February 9. Anti-India and pro-Afzal Guru slogans were raised during the vent.
Leading Indian English daily The Asian Age quoting a highly-placed source reported that so far the police only had one video clip of the PCI event in which there was nothing to indicate that Professor Gilani had raised any slogans. Since the police is left with no direct evidence against Professor Gilani, the investigators are reportedly in the process of making some club employees and a few others as their witnesses in the sedition case, the source said.
The case is giving the police a tough time as it tries to persuade some people to become prosecution witnesses, the source said, adding that these people were reluctant to become prosecution witnesses. “Now, our case will be mostly dependent on testimonies of the prosecution witnesses. Efforts are also being made to get more videos that could be used as evidence,” the source said, adding, “We are already conducting raids to nab Umar, Muddassar and Tripti who had actively participated in the PCI programme.”
The police probe has so far revealed that Mr Muddassar and Mr Khalid had a meeting with Mr Gilani and decided to organise the event. Mr Gilani then met Delhi University Professor Ali Javed and had asked him to book the club for the event. Tripti had allegedly designed the posters that were displayed at the event. The police is also trying to work out whether the JNU and PCI events were linked. Agencies