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Arrested on way to Hathras: SC tells union to approach HC for journalist’s release

“Please approach the Allahabad High Court,” Chief Justice S A Bobde told Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, who appeared for the journalists’ body.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | October 13, 2020 2:11:12 am
kerala journalist detained sedition, journalists detained under uapa, Siddique Kappan, mps write to modi on Siddique Kappan, narendra modi, indian expressSiddique Kappan (with cap), secretary of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists, and three others who were held with him were produced before a court in Mathura on Wednesday. (PTI)

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ), which had filed a plea seeking release of their member Sidhique Kappan — who was arrested by Uttar Pradesh Police while allegedly on the way to meet the Hathras victim’s family — to move the Allahabad High Court first.

“Please approach the Allahabad High Court,” Chief Justice S A Bobde told Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, who appeared for the journalists’ body.

Sibal said it was a habeas corpus matter when the petition was filed, but the police later added charges under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). “No court in UP will grant us bail. Let us approach you under Article 32 of the Constitution,” the senior counsel told the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.

But the bench told him “you approach the HC”, and sought to allay his concerns saying the apex court is there in case something goes wrong. Kappan was arrested on October 5 along with three others, with the police alleging that they were associated with the Popular Front of India (PFI).

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