The Union Home Ministry has given a go ahead to the Delhi Police for registering a case against firebrand separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and few others for purportedly giving “hate speeches” at a seminar held here earlier this week.

Highly-placed sources in the Ministry said that an advice from the legal department was received that prima facie a case can be registered against Geelani and others for making statements which are seen as an attempt to instigate secession.

The sources said the Delhi Police has been asked to register a case, which they are expected to do soon. Geelani, who gave a call to boycott the three interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir, on Sunday flew back to Kashmir.

Geelani's speech in New Delhi had triggered sharp comments from the BJP.

BJP leader Arun Jaitley had accused the government of “looking the other way” when a number of separatist groups met at a conference to instigate session and to say that India cannot be one and must be broken.

This, he said, was unacceptable as there was no right of free speech available to break up the country. This was against the sovereignty and integrity of the country and anyone exercising his right of speech in such a manner comes under criminal law. - PTI