Supreme Court Notification To UP Federal Government Over Kerala Reporter’s Arrest
Siddique Kappan is a factor for a popular Kerala-based website. (File)
The Supreme Court on Monday released notification to the Uttar Pradesh federal government seeking its action on a petition seeking bail and challenging the arrest of Kerala-based reporter Siddique Kappan.
Mr Kappan was detained on October 5 on his way to Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras to report on the alleged gang rape of a 20- year-old woman who passed away of her injuries. The reporter was charged under the anti-terror law UAPA or the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The Kerala Union of Working Reporters filed the petition under Post 32 seeking constitutional treatment for the offense of basic rights.
The petition looks for “fulfilment of standard rights” for Mr Kappan, including legal help and access to family. It likewise advises the Supreme Court to direct the Mathura District Judge or a High Court judge to enquire into the alleged human rights infractions of prisoners inside the Mathura prison.
Senior attorney Kapil Sibal, representing the petitioners, sought bail for Mr Kappan saying attorneys went to satisfy him in prison and the magistrate however were denied audience. “The FIR does not call him (Siddique Kappan); no offences declared. He remains in jail since October 5,” Mr Sibal stated.
The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde, publishing the next hearing to Friday, asked why the petitioners had approached it straightaway rather of going to the Allahabad High Court first.
” We are not on the merits of the case? Why can’t you go to the High Court,” asked Chief Justice SA Bobde.
” We are trying to prevent Post 32 petitions. There is a wave of Article 32 petitions,” stated the bench that consisted of Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.
Article 32 of the constitution involves the power of the Supreme Court to offer relief if essential rights are violated.
Referring to past instances of the post’s use, Mr Sibal responded: “Your lordships have actually interfered in (Short article)32 This is a journalist. There are exceptional scenarios.”
The Chief Justice then stated: “Alright. We will release notification. But we might still send you to the High Court.”
According to Mr Kappan’s lawyer, the journalist has actually not been enabled to fulfill his family or him, even to get a signature on the “vakalatnama” – an authorisation required to act in offender’s favour – considering that his arrest.
Previously too, the Supreme Court had actually asked the Kerala reporter to very first technique the Allahabad High Court for bail, saying he might return if the High Court did not give relief.
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