Journalist Siddique Kappan gets bail from SC; know who is he and why he was arrested


The Supreme Court immediately granted bail to Kerala-based journalist Siddique Kappan, arrested in October 2020 whereas on his option to Hathras in Uttar Pradesh the place a Dalit lady had died after allegedly being gang-raped.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit directed Kappan to stay in Delhi for the following six weeks after his launch from an Uttar Pradesh jail.

Opposing the bail plea moved by Kappan, the UP authorities stated the investigation has revealed clear hyperlinks between the accused and PFI/CFI (Popular Front of India/Campus Front of India) prime management, specifically Kamal KP and Oma Salaam.

Siddique Kapan: A story of two years

Siddique Kappan, is a journalist working for the Malayalam information portal Azhimukham and secretary of the Delhi unit of Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ), was arrested together with three others in Uttar Pradesh in October 2020 whereas on his option to Hathras to report on the gang-rape and homicide of a 19-year-old Dalit lady.

He was booked beneath Unlawful Activities Prevention Act in Hathras conspiracy case by the Uttar Pradesh authorities. The Uttar Pradesh Police had arrested Kappan and three others on October 5, 2020, from the Mant space of Mathura. Police had claimed that the accused have been travelling to Hathras to disturb peace and concord within the space. The FIR has been filed beneath varied provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the UAPA towards 4 individuals having alleged hyperlinks with the Popular Front of India (PFI).

The police had stated it arrested 4 individuals having hyperlinks with the PFI in Mathura and recognized these arrested as Siddique from Malappuram, Atiq-ur-Rehman from Muzaffarnagar, Masood Ahmed from Bahraich and Alam from Rampur.

However, Kappan, a reporter for Malayalam information portal Azhimukham and secretary of the Delhi unit of Kerala Union of Working Journalists, has maintained that he was going there to report on the gang-rape and homicide of a 19-year-old Dalit girl- the incident that sparked a furor in September 2020.

Siddique Kappan and others have been charged beneath Sections 17 and 18 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), Section 124A (sedition), Section 153A (selling enmity between completely different teams on floor of faith) and Section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts supposed to outrage non secular emotions) of Indian Penal Code and Sections 65, 72 and 75 of the Information Technology Act.

The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court final month rejected the bail utility of journalist Siddique Kappan who was booked beneath Unlawful Activities Prevention Act in Hathras conspiracy case. A single bench of Justice Krishan Pahal handed the rejection order.

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