Journalist Siddique Kappan Granted Bail After 26 Months by Allahabad High Court

24 December, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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Siddique Kappan, a journalist who was detained by the UP police in October 2020 while attempting to cover the Hathras gang rape case, has been granted bail by the Allahabad HC.

Siddique Kappan, a journalist from Kerala who was detained by the Uttar Pradesh police in October 2020 while attempting to cover the Hathras gang rape case, has been granted bail by the Allahabad High Court.

In a case brought by the Directorate of Enforcement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, he was granted bail on Friday. The order was issued by Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh of the high court’s Lucknow Bench.

While reporting an alleged gang rape and murder case of a 19-year-old Dalit girl in Hathras, Kappan, who is also the secretary of the Delhi chapter of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ), was detained by the Uttar Pradesh Police along with three other individuals.

A local court in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, earlier on November 1 denied the journalist from Kerala bail in the money laundering case.

Kappan, who was detained in accordance with the strict Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, received bail on September 9. The petitioner would be released on bail in the following three days after applying in the trial court, according to the order from Chief Justice UU Lalit, Justice S Ravindra Bhat, and Justice PS Narasimha.