Siddique Kappan moves Supreme Court seeking bail

kappan is booked under UAPA

Muslim journalist Siddique Kappan who has been booked by the Uttar Pradesh government under the draconian UAPA has approached the Supreme Court seeking bail.

The plea was mentioned on Wednesday before Chief Justice of India NV Ramana who agreed to list the matter on Friday this week.

Kappan is in jail for two years and was arrested by the Police when he had gone to Hathras in Uttar Pradesh on journalistic duty, advocate Haris Beeran said to the top court.

Kappan has challenged the order of the Allahabad High Court which had rejected his bail on August 2.

“The High Court, whilst passing the impugned order has egregiously failed to discharge its bounden duty of examining the entire material on record to decide whether or not a prima facie case has been made out,” read the plea.

Kappan was arrested on 5 October 2020 by the Uttar Pradesh Police along with three other Muslim men, while he was on his way to investigate the gang rape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras, and has been since detained at Mathura Jail. Siddique Kappan has been charged with the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

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