Afzal Guru chanting at Press Club: SAR Geelani arrested by Delhi Police for sedition


Former Delhi University lecturer SAR Geelani was arrested on early Tuesday morning.

Geelani, who was acquitted in the Parliament attack case, was arrested for allegedly organising a programme at the Press Club in support of Afzal Guru, PTI report quoted Delhi police sources.

Police had filed sedition charges against him on Friday.

A senior police official said, “Mr Geelani is being questioned at the Parliament Street Police Station.”

On 10 February, a group allegedly shouted slogans at Delhi Press Club hailing Afzal Guru, who was hanged in connection with 2001 Parliament attack.

This had prompted the police to register a case of sedition, criminal conspiracy and unlawful assembly against Geelani and unnamed persons.

The police said that Geelani was booked because he is supposed to be the “main organiser” of the event.

A senior police officer told the news agency, “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.”

After a case of registered, the police questioned DU professor Ali Javed, a Press Club member, who had booked the hall for the event for two consecutive days.

Geelani was arrested in connection with the 2001 Parliament attack case too but was acquitted by High Court two years later as no evidence was found against him.

Supreme Court in 2005 upheld the decision adding that the “needle of suspicion” pointed towards him.