Supreme Court has granted bail to Siddique Kappan

After hearing the news that the Supreme Court has granted bail to jailed Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan, on Friday. His wife thanked everyone who supported the bail. Kappan was arrested in October 2020 while on his way to Hathras in Uttar Pradesh where a Dalit woman died after allegedly being gang-raped.

Welcoming the apex court’s decision to grant Kappan bail after almost two years, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the order reaffirms that everybody has a right to free expression. Kappan’s lawyer Haris Beeran told reporters in New Delhi that he would approach the trial court seeking bail in a case registered against the journalist by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Kappan, the secretary of the Delhi unit of Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) and three other alleged Popular Front of India (PFI) activists were booked by the Uttar Pradesh police on sedition and other charges in Mathura on October 5, 2020, while they were heading for Hathras where the 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly gang-raped and murdered.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit on Friday directed Kappan to remain in Delhi for the next six weeks after his release from prison in Uttar Pradesh. The Bench imposed certain conditions on him, including asking him to surrender his passport and report to the police station every Monday. His lawyer said the police need to produce him before the trial court for finalising the conditions on sureties upon his release and in the meantime, they were trying to move for bail in another case registered by the ED.

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