Journalist Siddiqui Kappan Was Granted Bail After 23 Months By The Supreme Court

Kerala Journalist Siddiqui Kappan Has Got Bail From The Supreme Court After 23 Months. His Bail Application Was Rejected By The Allahabad High Court Last Month.

Kerala journalist Siddiqui Kappan, arrested on charges of conspiring to incite violence in the Hathras gang rape-murder case, was today granted bail by the Supreme Court. Kappan was arrested by the UP Police on his way to Hathras in 2020. The UP government had registered a case against Kappan under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

Kappan was arrested from Mathura on 5 October 2020. Earlier, the Allahabad High Court had refused bail to Siddiqui, considering the matter serious. While granting bail, the Supreme Court ordered Siddiqui to stay in Delhi for the next six weeks and appear at the local police station, after which he can go to Kerala.

UP government protested

The UP government opposed Kappan’s bail plea in the Supreme Court. The UP government submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that Kappan has links with extremist organizations like PFI which are running an anti-national agenda. The UP government alleged that Kappan was involved in a conspiracy to incite terrorist and religious violence in the country.

Kappan said that he was on his way to cover the gang rape and murder of a Dalit girl in Hathras in October 2020. To this the UP government said that Kappan was arrested along with an accused involved in the riots. 

The UP government maintains that Kappan was going to Hathras not as a journalist, but as a member of the PFI delegation, which instigated communal riots after meeting the victim’s family members.

The petition  was dismissed in the High  Court-

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had rejected Kappan’s bail plea last month. A case under sections of IPC and UAPA has been registered against four accused for alleged links with PFI. A case was registered against Kappan in Hathras. According to the UP Police, the accused Kappan wanted to disturb law and order in Hathras. The Popular Front of India, which is associated with Kappan, has also been accused of funding the anti-CAA protests.

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