DU professor Geelani held, quizzed for event at Press Club

  • HT Correspondent, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 16, 2016 11:14 IST
Members of Group of Intellectuals and Academicians staging a protest march against recent incidents of alleged anti-national activities in JNU and Press Club of India. (PTI)

Three days after Delhi University professor SAR Geelani was booked for sedition and criminal conspiracy, he was apprehended and questioned late on Monday night.

Geelani, who was an accused in the Parliament attack case but was acquitted later, was brought to the Parliament Street police station where he was questioned till the filing of this report, police said.

A case under sections 124A (sedition), 120B (criminal conspiracy), and 34 (common intention) of the IPC was registered against Geelani and others for allegedly organising an event at the Press Club of India during which anti-national slogans were raised by some participants on Wednesday.

The case was registered on suo moto cognizance and police named Geelani as the chief organiser of the event.

Sources said he would be placed under arrest on Monday night after he is questioned in detail about the incident.

Ali Javed, member of the PCI in whose name the conference hall was booked, was questioned for two consecutive days in connection with the entire anti-India activities.

Police sources said Geelani was summoned to join investigation following Javed’s questioning during which he reportedly spilled the beans on Geelani.

According to sources Geelani was asked to report at the Parliament Police station for questioning however when he did not come, he was apprehended.

“We will question Geelani to ascertain why he organised an event in which pro-Afzal Guru and ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans were shouted by some of the participants. The final decision on his arrest will be taken only when we establish his role in the entire anti-India activities,” said a police officer who wished not to be quoted.

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