His lawyer Sankara Nair said Anwar was arrested by the police near his house and taken to the police headquarters.
His wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said Anwar called her from the police car and asked her to go home to look after the children.
The police had on Tuesday given Anwar a 2pm deadline to answer allegations of sodomy.
Anwar was at the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) headquarters in Putrajaya earlier Wednesday. He left the ACA headquarters at 12.10pm, saying he was satisfied with the ACA's line of questioning.
He said the ACA had not completed its interview, but he had to cut it short to make his 2pm appointment with the police to answer questions over the sodomy allegation made against him.
The former deputy prime minister said he had produced all the information required, but there just wasn't enough time. "If I am arrested, I guess the ACA can do their follow-up interview at the lock-up," the de facto opposition leader joked.
Anwar had arrived at the ACA headquarters at about 10am over the reports he had lodged against the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Attorney-General (A-G).
He was accompanied by his lawyers and a group of PKR supporters.
In his report lodged on July 1, Anwar had alleged that IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan and A-G Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail had fabricated evidence in the “black eye” investigation in 1999. Musa was the investigating officer and Abdul Gani led the prosecution in the case in which Anwar had been beaten up by the IGP then, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor.
Musa and Abdul Gani were questioned by the ACA on July 11.
On June 28, his 23-year-old former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan had lodged a police report alleging that Anwar had sodomised him. (The Star Online)
***** On the face of it the arrest at 1.15pm seems like an absurd move on the part of the police. After all Anwar had till 2pm to give his statement to the cops. But then again we do not know all the facts yet.