JNU row: Delhi cops formally arrest S A R Geelani for organising Afzal Guru event
New Delhi, Feb 16: The Delhi police have formally arrested ex-Delhi university teacher S A R Geelani in connection with the JNU campus row case.
Geelani who was acquitted in the Parliament attack case was detained last night but formally arrested this morning after it was found that it was through his email that the event at the Press Club Delhi was booked.
Last Friday, the police had slapped sedition charges against Geelani. A massive row had erupted after an event protesting the hanging of Afzal Guru had been organised. The Delhi police claimed that students at the JNU were also shouting anti India slogans.
The police, which questioned Geelani said he was the main organiser of the event at the Press Club of Delhi. The police say that they found his email which was used to book the hall at the Press Club where the event was organised. Geelani against whom the police had filed sedition charges had been detained last night.
After questioning him, the police formally arrested Geelani this morning. He will be produced before a court where his custody would be sought. The police have also booked cases of criminal conspiracy and unlawful assembly against Geelani.
Yesterday the police had produced before the court JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar.
The court extended his custody till February 17th. Today the Delhi High Court will hear a petition seeking transfer of this case to the National Investigating Agency. The petitioner has said that the NIA would be the competent authority to probe this case as it involves alleged terror links and sedition charges.