The Gujarat Police informed the Uttar Pradesh Police that Badr was arrested in connection with a case registered in the Kutch district of Gujarat in 2001 for delivering an "inflammatory speech", he said.
A Gujarat court had issued a warrant against Badr in 2012 in connection with a case under sections 353 (criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 143 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.
On the delay in the arrest, he said the the Gujarat Police didn't have his address. "After confirming his address, they arrested Badr from his house on Thursday night and brought him to us at the Kotwali Police Station," he said.
The Gujarat Police would produce him before an Azamgarh court to seek transit remand to take him to Gujarat, the police officer said.