Jailed in Uttar Pradesh since 2020, journalist S Kappan has been granted bail by the Supreme Court

Jailed in Uttar Pradesh since 2020, journalist S Kappan has been granted bail by the Supreme Court
Jailed in Uttar Pradesh since 2020, journalist S Kappan has been granted bail by the Supreme Court

New Delhi: Supreme Court granted bail to Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan. Granting bail to a journalist who spent nearly two years in jail, the Supreme Court observed that “everyone has freedom of expression”.

The journalist has been in Uttar Pradesh jail since 2020. A 19-year-old girl was arrested on her way to report the gang-rape of a woman in Hathors. He has been charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

On this day, the Chief Justice of India UU Lalit said that the journalist will report to the Delhi Police for the next six weeks and then to the Kerala Police.

Recently, the Uttar Pradesh government opposed Kappan’s bail and charged him with terrorism. In an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court, the Uttar Pradesh government claimed that Kappan had links with the militant outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) and their student body Campus Front of India (CFI). Some organizations close to the international militant organization Al Qaeda are in contact with them.

Although journalist Kappan has already claimed that he has no connection with organizations like PFI. On the same day, Uttar Pradesh government lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani told the court that money was given to Kappan to incite riots. He is not a recognized journalist. He was trying to create a riot situation and use explosives. He is a member of terrorist organization PFI”.

However, the Chief Justice questioned the evidence of this allegation. He said, “What was found with Kappan? No explosives were found, no equipment was found with him. If anything was found in the vehicle, it was not used for propaganda”.

It is to be noted that the Uttar Pradesh government claims that a booklet giving special lessons on spreading sectarian conflict was found in Kappan’s car. Where to stop the noise, how to hide from the police – all that is written in that booklet.

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