A Lucknow court on Monday rejected the bail plea of journalist Siddique Kappan in a case of money laundering filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Kappan was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police in October 2020 and charged under the anti-terror law – the UAPA – while he was on his way with three others to Hathras following the death of a Dalit woman, who was gangraped.
On September 9, the Supreme Court granted bail to the journalist from Kerala in the case lodged by the UP Police who claimed that Kappan was linked to the radical outfit Popular Front of India (PFI). “I have yet not seen the detailed order and therefore don’t know on which grounds Kappan’s bail application has been rejected, “ Special Public Prosecutor Kuldeep Srivastava said. Kappan’s lawyer, Ishan Baghel, said they have to consult with senior lawyers to decide on the next course of action.
Following his arrest by police, the ED opened a money laundering investigation against Kappan.
The ED said that KA Rauf Sherif, the national general secretary of the Campus Front of India (CFI) raised funds through PFI members in the Gulf and channeled the money into India through fraudulent transactions.