Delhi University professor SAR Geelani, arrested on charges of sedition, was sent to 14-day judicial custody in Tihar jail by a court Thursday.
Apprehensive of security issues, after Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar was assaulted inside the Patiala House Court premises a day before, Delhi Police did not produce Geelani in court. Instead, he was produced at the Office of Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Diplomatic Security Force office, in Chanakyapuri .
At 4 pm, Geelani’s counsel advocate Satish Tamta was informed by the investigation officer (IO) that Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Sumit Dass had passed orders to shift the hearing from the Patiala House Court premises to the Diplomatic Security Force office, citing security reasons.
During the 15-minute proceedings, Delhi Police did not seek extension of Geelani’s police custody for the purpose of interrogation; instead, it moved an application seeking 14-day judicial custody.
As the hearing was held in a different venue, the court was not assisted by the regular stenographer. Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh remanded Geelani to 14-day judicial custody and himself wrote down the order.
The court will now hear the bail plea moved by Geelani’s defence counsel on Friday. Acting on a plea by the defence counsel, the court also directed the Tihar jail superintendent to ensure Geelani’s security inside prison.