Additional Sessions Judge Deepak Garg granted the relief to Geelani on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and one surety of the like amount.
Geelani's counsel, Satish Tamta sought bail for him, claiming there is nothing on record that Geelani shouted anti-India slogans or asked others to do so. It was a meeting of intellectuals to discuss the Kashmir issue, he said.
"There was nothing in the event which led to any violence as there was nothing that could be called incitement," Tamta said, adding that as per the Supreme Court order, shouting slogans merely doesn't amount to offence under section 124-A(Sedition) of IPC.
However, Delhi Police had opposed the bail plea saying the event was "an attack on the soul of India" and it was "contempt of court."
"The incident was in the continuation of what had happened in JNU a day earlier. As per the statements of Press Club of India officials, anti-India slogans were shouted and Geelani  was also involved in it. Geelani had violated the law of the land and the offence was grave," the prosecution
Earlier on February 19, a magisterial court had dismissed the bail plea of Geelani, who was arrested on February 16, after the police had alleged that "hatred" was being generated against the government.
Police had told the court that an event was held on February 10 in which banners were placed showing Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat as martyrs. It had also said the hall in the Press Club was booked by Geelani, through his associate Ali Javed by using his credit card and another man Mudassar was also involved.

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