The Uttar Pradesh authorities has filed an affidavit within the Supreme Court docket alleging that the arrested Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan was the secretary of Standard Entrance of India (PFI) and was utilizing his id card that expired in 2018 to create social unrest in Hathras.
On Monday, the highest court docket had issued discover to the UP authorities and the state police looking for their response on a petition filed by Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ), difficult Kappan’s detention.
The affidavit by the state was introduced earlier than a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde through the listening to of a petition filed by KUWJ to launch Kappan, who’s in custody since October 5. He was arrested whereas he was on his approach to report the loss of life of 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras who was brutally gang-raped in September.
The state mentioned, “The particular person in custody particularly Siddique Kappan is the Workplace Secretary of Standard Entrance of India (PFI) utilizing a journalist cowl by exhibiting id card of a Kerela primarily based newspaper named as ‘Tejas’ which was closed in 2018. It’s revealed throughout investigation that he together with different PFI activists and their pupil wing (Campus Entrance of India) leaders had been going to Hathras underneath the garb of Journalism with a really decided design to create a caste divide and disturb legislation and order scenario.”
Solicitor Basic Tushar Mehta instructed the highest court docket that the bail petition of Kappan was argued for 9 days and this petition should be dismissed as treatment lies earlier than Allahabad Excessive Court docket. Mehta mentioned that the petition falsely alleged that neither the relations nor the attorneys had been allowed entry to the accused. Quite the opposite, the state instructed the highest court docket that no lawyer or member of the family of Kappan had contacted jail authorities to fulfill him. Kappan didn’t specific any want to contact any relative though his name data confirmed that he spoke with a lawyer on three events – November 2, 11 and 17. This reality was additionally not disclosed by the accused to the authorities, the affidavit mentioned.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal showing for KUWJ sought time to file a response to the UP authorities’s reply. He additional said that the Justice of the Peace at Hathras didn’t allow the lawyer to fulfill Kappan to acquire his signature so as to characterize him in a court docket.
Mehta mentioned there was no objection to the lawyer assembly the accused. The court docket recorded the assertion and directed the petition to be taken up subsequent week.
Kappan has been charged underneath the Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for his alleged hyperlinks with banned outfit PFI.