Supreme Court OKs Jailed Kerala Journalist’s Video Call With Unwell Mother

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Supreme Court OKs Jailed Kerala Journalist's Video Call With Unwell Mother

Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan was arrested in October final 12 months and charged beneath UAPA (File)

New Delhi:

Siddique Kappan, the Kerala journalist arrested in October whereas travelling from Delhi to report on the alleged gang-rape of a Dalit girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras, will likely be allowed to talk to his ailing mom by way of a video name, the Supreme Courtroom mentioned Friday.

The courtroom was responding to a petition by the Kerala Union of Working Journalists, for whom senior advocate Kapil Sibal argued that Mr Kappan’s mom was in poor health and had requested to talk to her son. Mr Sibal mentioned such communication was not allowed however requested the courtroom to make an exception.

“We’ll permit (it),” Chief Justice of India SA Bobde mentioned.

“I do not thoughts the courtroom dismissing it (the petition) however hear us. Mr Kappan’s mom is unconscious… we filed (an) software. Earlier than (his) mom passes away, permit video conferencing in order that he can discuss to her,” Mr Sibal had earlier argued.

Solicitor Normal Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the UP authorities, had requested the courtroom to go away the choice on a video name with the journalist’s mom to him.

The courtroom then adjourned the matter to subsequent week after a request by Mr Mehta.

Mr Kappan and three others had been going to Hathras to report on the alleged gang-rape and the huge outrage it triggered. They had been arrested following a tip about “suspicious individuals”.

Within the FIR the police utilized a bit of the Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act, which offers with “elevating funds for a terrorist act”. Mr Kappan has since been lodged on the jail in UP’s Mathura.

The union denied these allegations and mentioned Mr Kappan was tortured in jail.

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The union had earlier additionally approached the highest courtroom in search of bail.

The courtroom recommended the Allahabad Excessive Courtroom be approached first, to which Mr Sibal argued it was “a matter of private liberty”, and provided to implead Mr Kappan’s household within the matter.

The UP authorities opposed the bail request, alleging Mr Kappan had masqueraded as a journalist from a defunct newspaper. Investigations had uncovered “surprising findings”, Mr Mehta mentioned.

In October the union had additionally approached the Supreme Courtroom on a habeas corpus plea, alleging that Mr Kappan’s detention is “unlawful” and asking that the UP authorities produce him in courtroom.

UP Police’s dealing with of the Hathras case – from alleged laxity in responding to the criticism to whisking the physique from a Delhi hospital, and from controversial 2 am cremation to protecting her household locked up – drew fierce criticism from the opposition and civil society.

Their therapy of journalists and leaders who tried to go to Hathras, was equally criticised.

With enter from ANI

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