Srinagar 21 Apr: The High Court today directed the police to produce a dairy case (CD) of the case of journalist Gowhar Nazir Geelani who is facing an investigation into the FIR registered against him under the activities offense illegal.
Judge Sanjay Dhar, while hearing the plea filed by petitioner Geelani to quash the FIR registered against him, ordered the investigative agency to produce the FIR CD before the next court date.
The government opposes the FIR’s challenge arguing that since the matter is under investigation and in accordance with the established position of the law, the court does not have the ability to interfere with the police. .
Inspector General of Kashmir Police issued an order whereby the investigation of the case was transferred to Sadder Police Station, Srinagar.
Geelani argued that the content of the details provided by the FIR regarding the alleged commission of the offense by him does not disclose the recognizable offense that is the basis of the Cyber Police Station’s recording of the matter.
The police opposing the FIR challenge argue in court that they have no power to intervene in the case, as it is beyond the powers of the court under section 482 of the CrPC, because the investigation was transferred to the police supervisory authority.
Journalist Geelani was convicted under a strict anti-terrorism law for his social media posts calling them seditious, inflammatory and incriminating and for inciting violence. Subsequently, the FIR was registered by Cyber Police State Kashmir for committing offenses under the Unlawful Activities Act.