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SC asks UP government to submit medical records of journalist Siddique Kappan

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and A S Bopanna fixed the matter for hearing on Wednesday and asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the Uttar Pradesh government, to also produce the medical records.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: April 28, 2021 5:48:24 am
Siddique Kappan

THE SUPREME Court on Tuesday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to submit the medical records of arrested journalist Siddique Kappan, who has tested positive for Covid, over a plea citing medical emergency and seeking his shifting to AIIMS Delhi.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and A S Bopanna fixed the matter for hearing on Wednesday and asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the Uttar Pradesh government, to also produce the medical records.

The court was hearing an application by the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ), which said Kappan had collapsed in a bathroom at the Mathura jail, where he was lodged, and later tested positive for Covid-19. The plea prayed the court to shift Kappan to AIIMS.

“He is presently hospitalised in K M Medical College, Mathura. It is reliably believed that more than 50 inmates of Mathura jail are suffering from Covid, with various… scarcities, and even drinking water from toilet, seriously affecting hygiene, health, all leading to a major disaster in the making. In short, as on today, the life of Mr Siddique Kappan is in danger for all reasons,” the plea said.

The KUWJ had earlier filed a Habeus Corpus petition, seeking Kappan’s release and the same is pending. The application was filed in the same petition.

Mehta opposed the application, saying the writ petition in which it was filed itself is not maintainable. “This is not maintainable. He can apply for bail because he is under lawful detention. But this Habeas Corpus plea is not maintainable,” the SG told the court.

Advocate Wills Mathew, appearing for Kappan, said he was only on the question of the dentenue’s medical condition and not on the Habeas Corpus now.

Kappan’s wife too has written to the court raising concerns about his condition in the hospital.

Kappan was picked up by the UP police in Mathura on October 5, 2020, while on his way to Hathras. While the KUWJ said he was picked up while on his way to report on the death of a Dalit woman who was allegedly gangraped, the UP police has said Kappan was involved in a conspiracy to disrupt peace in Hathras and sought to link him to the banned SIMI and PFI.

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