New Delhi: Former Delhi University professor S.A.R Geelani who was arrested for his alleged connections in the Parliament attack case of 2001, died here in Delhi following a cardiac arrest yesterday evening. The post mortem has been conducted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) today.
Geelani died last evening after he complained of breathlessness and chest pain following which he was admitted at the Forties Hospital. Sources in the Delhi Police told IANS that the decision to conduct the post-mortem at AIIMS was taken in view of the fact that Geelani was their protectee. And by doing so, the sources said the police wanted to keep everything on record in case any controversial situation emerges in the future.
Geelani was arrested by the Delhi Police in connection with the Parliament attack case but acquitted for “lack of evidence” by the Delhi High Court in October 2003, a decision upheld by the Supreme Court in August 2005, which at the same time had observed that the needle of suspicion pointed towards him.
The ex-professor is survived by his wife and two daughters. He used to teach the Arabic language at Delhi University’s Zakir Hussain College. Sources confirmed that the family has received permission to take the body to their ancestral home at Srinagar at around 3:30 pm today to carry out the final funeral rites.