Uttar Pradesh government rejects restricting Kerala reporter illegally
It accuses Siddique Kappan of trying to develop a caste divide in Hathras.
The Uttar Pradesh federal government on Friday rejected illegally confining Malayalam reporter Siddique Kappan and did not challenge a legal representative conference him in jail, but implicated him of utilizing the garb of journalism to produce a “caste divide” in Hathras, where a 19- year-old Dalit girl was supposedly gang-raped by 4 upper-caste Hindu males recently.
Appearing prior to a Bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad A. Bobde, Lawyer General Tushar Mehta sent that Mr. Kappan was apprehended and remanded by a proficient court.
” His bail plea was heard for 9 days … His bail was declined after 9 days of hearing … they ought to approach the High Court. He is in judicial custody in pursuance of a valid judicial order gone by a court,” Mr. Mehta sent.
He was reacting to a petition filed by the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) for the instant release of Mr. Kappan. The union has stated Mr. Kappan is its secretary. He, according to the KUWJ, was illegally apprehended while on his way to Hathras in October 5.
” You told us in the last hearing that you did not know where he was and you were not permitted to meet him … He [Mr. Mehta] is now saying he [Kappan] was appropriately produced prior to a court?” Chief Justice Bobde turned to ask senior supporter Kapil Sibal for the KUWJ.
Mr. Sibal reacted, “However what is said in the FIR is ex-facie false … Whenever we went to the prison authorities, they would tell us to go get a judicial order … We wish to meet this male … Let an attorney go to meet him and get his signature for a vakalatnama”.
The CJI reacted, “We will allow that for you.”
Mr. Mehta, in turn, said the State government had no objection to an attorney conference Mr. Kappan in jail to sign a vakalatnama.
The court tape-recorded the statement made by the law officer.
” There was no objection and there is no objection,” Mr. Mehta emphasised.
During the hearing, the Chief Justice said the court was concerned about the “unreliable reporting” of the pinnacle court proceedings held on November 16, the previous hearing. “We are concerned,” the CJI remarked.
‘ Office secretary of PFI’
An 82- page affidavit submitted by the senior superintendent of the Mathura District Prison, where Mr. Kappan is lodged, stated he was “the workplace secretary of the Popular Front of India (PFI)”. The identity card he had actually revealed was of a Kerala-based newspaper, Tejas, which was closed in 2018.
” It is exposed during the examination that he, in addition to other PFI activists and their student wing [Campus Front of India] leaders were going to Hathras under the clothes of journalism with an extremely figured out style to create a caste divide and interrupt law and order”, the affidavit said.
It said the accused were found carrying “incriminating product”. Mr. Kappan misled the private investigators by providing the wrong domestic address. “No member of the family of the implicated has approached jail authorities till date for satisfying the implicated,” it stated.
The court provided the KUWJ time to study the affidavit. It set up a hearing next week.
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