Geelani asked not to leave Delhi in 'hate speech' case



New Delhi: Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who has been booked for purportedly giving "hate speeches" at a seminar here last year, has been asked by the Delhi Police not to leave the capital till further orders.

81-year-old Geelani, who is staying in Malviya Nagar in south Delhi, has been asked to join investigations in connection with the 'hate speech' case, police sources said.

Sources close to the separatist leader said he has been asked not to leave the city until further orders.

The police sources said police personnel have been posted outside his residence to keep a tab on his movements and people who visit him.

Delhi Police had in November registered a case under Sections 124 A (sedition), 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 153 B (imputations, assertions, prejudicial to national integration), 504 (insult intended to provoke breach of peace) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the IPC and Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against Geelani and others including author Arundathi Roy.

The police action came after a Delhi court ordered the police to register the FIR against Roy, the Hurriyat leader and others for allegedly making anti-India statements.

PTI