High Court grants bail to Kerala-based journalist Siddique Kappan; wife calls it ‘a ray of justice’


Kappan, Athikur Rehman, Alam and Masood were arrested
Image source: PTI FILE Kappan, Athikur Rehman, Alam and Masood were arrested by police in Mathura in 2020 while on their way to Hathras.

The Allahabad High Court on Friday granted bail to Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan in a money laundering case. Lucknow high court judge Dinesh Kumar Singh passed the order on Kappan’s bail plea.

His lawyer Mohamed Dhanish KS said the granting of bail has paved the way for him to be released from jail after the formalities are over. Kappan, now lodged in the Lucknow district jail, was arrested two years ago while on his way to Hathras in Uttar Pradesh, where a Dalit woman died after allegedly being raped.

He and three others were accused of having links with the Popular Front of India and being part of a conspiracy to incite violence. In September, the Supreme Court granted him bail in connection with this case. But he remained in prison because of the money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate.

His lawyer told PTI, “For the first case, the Supreme Court granted him bail on September 9. But the bail verification is not done even after three months. So that’s the main problem (to get him out of jail). And as far as today’s verdict is concerned, we have to apply. . Not loaded yet.”

Kappan, Athikur Rehman, Alam and Masood were arrested by police in Mathura in 2020 while on their way to Hathras. The police booked him under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Information Technology (IT) Act.

The Supreme Court had earlier accepted the Uttar Pradesh government’s submissions and imposed several conditions on his bail application, including that he will have to stay in Delhi for the next six weeks after his release from jail and report to the Nizamuddin police station. National capital on Monday.

Opposition parties and journalists’ bodies welcomed the Supreme Court’s order to grant bail to Kappan. They said Kappan had been made a “soft target” by the Uttar Pradesh government and hoped that he would also be granted bail in another case filed against him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The Dalit woman died in a Delhi hospital a fortnight after she was allegedly gang-raped in Hathras on 14 September 2020. He was cremated in the middle of the night in his village.

I’m happy, one ray of justice later: Siddique Kappan’s wife

“A ray of justice later, I am happy with that,” Siddique Kappan’s wife Raihana Siddique said on Friday after the Allahabad High Court granted bail to the Kerala journalist in a money laundering case.

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