As if the arrest of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was not enough to raise tempers and create political heat . The Delhi police have now arrested SAR Geelani, the former Delhi University lecturer, and like Kumar on sedition and other charges in connection with an event at a Press Club in which anti-India slogans were raised.
“Geelani was arrested at around 3 am at the Parliament Street police station under IPC Sections 124A (sedition), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 149 (unlawful assembly),” news agency PTI quoted DCP (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal as saying.
He will be produced before a Delhi court later in the day. The former DU lecturer was summoned to the police station on February 15 night where he was detained and questioned for several hours, and later arrested.
After his arrest, he was taken to Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital for a medical examination. At a Press Club event on February 10, in which Geelani was present on the dais along with three other speakers, a group allegedly had shouted slogans hailing Afzal Guru. Taking suo motu cognisance of the matter, the police registered a case against Geelani and other unnamed persons on February 12.
Police had claimed that Geelani was booked as he is presumed to be the “main organiser” of the event.
This is not the first time Geelani has been under the police scanner. In 2001, Geelani was arrested by Delhi Police in connection with the Parliament attack case but acquitted for “need of evidence” by the Delhi High Court in October 2003, a decision upheld by the Supreme Court in August 2005, which at the same time had observed that the needle of suspicion pointed towards him.