Kerala Journalist Siddique Kappan has been granted bail by the Supreme Court docket, which stated at present, “Each individual has freedom of expression.”
Siddique Kappan has been in jail since 2020, when he was arrested on his method to Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras to report on a 19-year-old’s gang-rape. He was charged beneath the Illegal Actions Prevention Act.
The Chief Justice of India, UU Lalit, stated the journalist would report back to the police in Delhi for the following six weeks and in Kerala after that.
A reporter for Malayalam information portal Azhimukham, Siddique Kappan has been denied bail by courts earlier. The police stated that he was making an attempt to disturb legislation and order in Hathras. They’d additionally alleged that the accused had hyperlinks with the Well-liked Entrance of India (PFI). The journalist has maintained he’s harmless and is being framed.
In court docket at present, the Uttar Pradesh authorities argued that Mr Kappan was paid to incite riots and that he’s not an accredited journalist. “He was making an attempt to create a riot state of affairs and use explosives. He belongs to the PFI and it is a terrorist group,” stated Mahesh Jethmalani, lawyer for UP.
The Supreme Court docket questioned the proof towards Mr Kappan. “What was discovered with Kappan? No explosives have been discovered, materials was not discovered with him however within the automotive they usually weren’t used for propagating,” Justice Lalit stated.