New Delhi: Ex-DU teacher SAR Geelani was arrested early Tuesday morning on sedition and other charges. It has been alleged that the professor was an active participant in organising an event in support of convict Afzal Guru.
The arrest has taken place right after Jawaharlal Nehru University student union president Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest.
The student too has been arrested on sedition charges and was arrested for shouting anti-National slogans on campus on February 9. Kanhaiya and others in the group also questioned the hanging of the Parliament attack convict Afzal guru.
Mr Geelani had been arrested earlier too in connection with the 2001 Parliament attack case, but was acquitted by the High Court in 2003 for want of evidence. In August 2005, his acquittal was upheld by the Supreme Court.
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However, he was arrested on Tuesday early morning after a case was registered against him following examination of media clips of the event held at the Press Club on 10th February.
A case of sedition, criminal conspiracy and unlawful assembly against Mr Geelani and other unnamed persons has been lodged. Geelani has been termed as the main organiser of the event since the request for hall bookings came from Geelani’s email id.
DU professor Ali Javed, a Press Club member, who had booked the hall for the event, was also questioned once the case had been registered.