DU professor SAR Geelani arrested on sedition charges, to be produced in court today

New Delhi: Former Delhi University professor SAR Geelani was arrested on early Tuesday morning on sedition charges in connection with a Press Council of India event, in which anti-India slogans were raised. He would be produced in court later today.

Geelani was arrested around 3am at the Parliamentary Street Police Station IPC sections sections 124A (sedition), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 149 (unlawful assembly).

He was detained last night and questioned for several hours. Following his arrest, he was taken to RML Hospital for a medical examination.

Geelani's arrest comes amid a raging controversy over the arrest of JNU student's union president Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges. On February 10, a group allegedly shouted slogans hailing Afzal Guru at the Delhi Press Club, following which the police registered a case of sedition, criminal conspiracy and unlawful assembly against Geelani and other unnamed persons.

The police said that Geelani is supposed to be the "main organiser" of the event.

"The request for booking a hall at the Press Club was done through Geelani's e-mail and the event was proposed to be a public meeting, which did not turn out to be so," a senior police officer said.

Earlier, Geelani was arrested in connection with the 2001 Parliament attack case but was acquitted by the High Court in 2003 for want of evidence.

News24 Bureau