SC grants 5 days interim bail for Siddique Kappan to visit his ailing mother

Siddique Kappan with his ailing mother. (File photo)

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the interim bail application filed by Kerala Union of Working Journalists, seeking release of journalist Siddique Kappan who was booked under draconian UAPA, citing critical health condition of his 90 years old bed-ridden mother and her last wish to see her son, Live Law reported.

“Mother is said to be in a critical situation and that she is likely not to survive for many days. In these circumstances, we consider it appropriate to permit the detenu to visit his mother and return to prison at the end of the 5th day,” Live Law quoted as the bench led by CJI SA Bobde as ordering.

Since October 5, Siddique Kappan has been held in pretrial detainment with no proper charges documented against him. Police at a toll plaza in Uttar Pradesh arrested him along with three other Muslim youths -two student leaders and a cab driver- with whom he was travelling from New Delhi to cover a rape and murder of a Dalit woman by upper caste Hindu men that had sparked the country into huge protests.

Kappan is booked under India’s stringent terror law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act – UAPA for conspiring against the state.

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