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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday allowed journalist Siddique Kappan, behind bars after being arrested by Uttar Pradesh police in October final yr, to go to Kerala for 5 days to see his mom who’s critically ailing. A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian mentioned Kappan should be launched from jail on humanitarian grounds as his mom is unwell and he should see her.
As Solicitor General Tushar Mehta contended that Kappan was an energetic member of People’s Front of India (PFI) and he could attempt to incite folks in Kerala after being launched, the bench mentioned it might make sure that nothing of the kind occur. It directed that he shall not give any interview to any media, together with social media.
An FIR was filed below provisions of the IPC and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in opposition to 4 folks together with Kappan for alleged hyperlinks with PFI. PFI had been accused previously of funding protests in opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act throughout the nation. Kappan and his companions had been arrested on October 5 whereas on solution to Hathras, dwelling to the younger Dalit girl who died after being gang-raped, allegedly by 4 upper-caste males.
The different situation imposed by the court docket contains that he shall not meet members of the general public.
“He will be entitled to meet his relatives and doctors and anybody else in connection with his mother’s health. He shall be escorted by a team of UP police. The state police of Kerala shall co-operate with the UP police in the matter. It shall be the responsibility of the UP police to ensure that the prisoner — Sidhique Kappan — travels to and from his mother’s house,” SC mentioned.
The court docket mentioned police could guard the home from outdoors however shall not go inside when Kappan visits his mom.

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