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UP govt opposes bail plea of journalist Siddique Kappan in SC

New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government opposed the bail of Kerala-based journalist Siddique Kappan. Supreme Court was hearing the case in which an affidavit was filed citing close links with the extremist organization Popular Front of India (PFI). The organization is said to have anti-national agenda. They also claimed that Siddique Kappan is part of a larger conspiracy to spread religious discord and terror in the country.

The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the UP government in the bail plea case of Siddique Kappan. The reply on the matter was sought by September 5. The bail plea will be disposed on September 9. The UP government had accepted the notice. The matter is being heard by a bench of CJI UU Lalit and Justice S Ravindra Bhatt.

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Siddique Kappan deposited just Rs 45,000

On behalf of Kappan, Kapil Sibal stated that there is a claim that just Rs 45,000 rupees were deposited in the bank. PFI is not a prohibited or terrorist organization. His incarceration began in October 2020. He was going to write about the Hathras incident because he is a journalist. There is a 5000 page charge sheet which is submitted in the matter.

Siddique Kappan, a journalist from Kerala, appealed against the Allahabad High Court’s judgement through a bail petition in the Supreme Court. Siddique Kappan, a journalist who attempted to go to the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court on August 3 despite the tense climate after the gang rape and death of a Dalit girl in Hathras, was denied refuge.

Booked under UAPA 

After a complaint under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) was filed against Kappan, he was jailed. Kappan is detained in the district jail in Mathura. Siddiq Kappan’s request for bail was denied by a single bench of Justice Krishna Pahal, who also issued this order.

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Why was Siddique Kappan arrested?

After hearing the arguments of the accused and the government’s attorneys on August 2, the court had earlier reserved the verdict. In October 2020, Siddique Kappan—correspondent for the Malayalam news site Azhimukham and secretary of the Delhi chapter of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists—and three other people were taken into custody. At that moment, Kappan was travelling to Hathras to report about the gang-rape and subsequent death of a Dalit teen in a local hospital. He has been charged with travelling to Hathras in order to undermine law and order. Under UAPA, a case was filed against Kappan.

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