Indian SC grants bail to journalist Siddique Kappan

New Delhi, September 09 (KMS): The Indian Supreme Court on Friday granted bail to Kerala Muslim journalist, Siddique Kappan, who has been under detention since October 2020.

Siddique Kappan along with three other persons including activist, Atiq-ur-Rahman, was arrested by police in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on October, 05, 2020, when on his way to Hathras area to report on the brutal rape and murder of a teenage Dalit girl.

The authorities claimed that Kappan was being held on the charges of “sedition,” “promoting enmity between groups”, “outraging religious feelings” and “knowingly holding property derived or obtained from the commission of a terrorist act.”

They were arrested on the apprehension of causing a breach of peace but were later slapped with stringent charges of sedition and various sections of Indian Penal Code, draconian law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and Information Technology Act.

The court asked Kappan to be in New Delhi for the next six weeks and allowed him to go back to Kerala after that on conditions like he shall mark his presence with the local police station every week and other conditions.

A bench comprising Chief Justice of India U.U. Lalit and Justice S. Ravindra Bhat passed the order while allowing the appeal filed by Siddique Kappan against the Allahabad High Court’s order denying him bail.

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