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Siddique Kappan gets bail in ED case, to walk out of jail after two years

The Allahabad High Court today granted bail to Kerala Muslim journalist Siddique Kappan in connection with a Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case by Enforcement months after he got bail in UAPA case by the top court.

The bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh granted Kappan bail. Kappan had moved to the High Court seeking bail earlier in October 2022, after Lucknow Court denied him bail in the case.

The order of the Allahabad High Court paves way for Kappan’s release from prison.

He has been in jail since 2020 October.

Kappan had been arrested in October 2020 while on his way to Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras to report on the gangrape and death of a Dalit woman. He was booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and charged with sedition.

The UP government alleged he and other Muslim men were the part of a larger conspiracy to “foment religious discord and spread terror in the country”.

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