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“Had No Work In Hathras”: Excessive Courtroom Rejects Kerala Journalist’s Bail


Legal professionals for Siddique Kappan had argued in court docket that he’s harmless

Lucknow:

The bail petition of Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan, arrested by the UP police in October 2020 with three others when he was on his option to Hathras within the aftermath of a gangrape and homicide case there, has been rejected by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad Excessive Courtroom.

The police have charged Siddique Kappan below the stringent anti-terror regulation and accused him of making an attempt to unfold the phobia agenda of the banned outfit College students’ Islamic Motion of India or SIMI. The journalist has maintained he’s harmless and is being framed.

“It has come up within the investigation that the applicant had no work at Hathras,” a single choose bench of the Allahabad Excessive Courtroom stated Whereas rejecting his bail plea, including, “A perusal of the charge-sheet and paperwork adduced, prima facie reveal that the applicant has dedicated the offence.”

The court docket additionally stated, “The defence taken by the applicant that he’s a journalist and solely owing to his skilled responsibility, he wished to go to the place of Hathras incident stands nullified by the averments within the charge-sheet and the individuals, he was arrested with, whereas travelling in a automobile. The contaminated cash being utilized by the applicant and his colleagues can’t be dominated out.”

Legal professionals for Siddique Kappan had argued in court docket that he’s harmless and has by no means used any platform to unfold any disharmony.

Final yr, a 5,000-page chargesheet accused Siddique Kappan of hyperlinks to the banned outfit SIMI, in accordance to a couple pages reviewed by IHNS.

Thirty-six articles written by Siddique Kappan – additionally accused of getting hyperlinks to the Well-liked Entrance of India or PFI, an outfit the Yogi Adityanath authorities needs banned – have been cited within the chargesheet.

One of many articles is on the protests towards the controversial citizenship regulation that began in December 2019 throughout the nation and continued until the pandemic started.

“The article talks concerning the firing by a Hindu man Kapil Gurjar through the Shaheen Bagh protests and compares this incident to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The article additionally criticizes the best way the Delhi Police dealt with the protests,” the chargesheet reads.

Nonetheless, Wills Mathews, Siddique Kappan’s lawyer, known as it one-sided.

“Mr Kappan has nothing to cover. He even volunteered to endure narco evaluation or mind mapping assessments to show his innocence ” Mr Mathews stated in a press release.

The Delhi unit of Kerala Union of Working Journalists stated it was disillusioned with the Allahabad Excessive Courtroom’s order.

“We’re deeply disillusioned that the Hon Lucknow bench of Allahabad Excessive Courtroom has dismissed the bail utility moved by Mr Siddique Kappan, journalist and former secretary of Kerala Union of Working Journalists Delhi unit. Mr. Kappan is one amongst our fraternity and is in jail since October 5, 2020. He was arrested whereas in his option to cowl the difficulty of the rape and homicide of a Dalit lady in Hathras,” learn a press release from the Delhi unit of Kerala Union of Working Journalists.

The journalists’ physique stated it is going to problem the order within the Supreme Courtroom.

“We’re hopeful that the Hon Supreme Courtroom will intervene and uphold the elemental proper of freedom of speech and expression assured to each citizen and extra significantly to a journalist below half 3 of the Structure,” it stated.

“Democracy will probably be in bother if journalists aren’t given  freedom of life and liberty whereas doing their job,” it additional added.

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