NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday requested the Uttar Pradesh authorities to submit medical information of journalist Siddique Kappan who was arrested final 12 months on option to Hathras the place a younger Dalit girl had died after being allegedly gang-raped.
Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) alleged that Kappan has been chained to a cot within the hospital he was admitted to after falling within the rest room and later testing optimistic for COVID-19.
The UP authorities refuted the allegations that Kappan has been chained to a cot on the hospital and stated it might file a brief reply on his medical information by tomorrow.
A bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and A S Bopanna requested Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, showing for the state authorities, to file the medical information by Wednesday.
At the outset, Mehta stated he had preliminary objection to the habeas corpus petition filed by KUWJ as Kappan has been in judicial custody below the judicial order.
He stated the habeas corpus petition was not maintainable within the case the place an accused is below judicial custody.
Advocate Wills Mathew, showing for KUWJ, stated that on April 20 he fell within the rest room and on April 21 he was examined optimistic for Covid-19.
He added that apart from the reliefs being sought, Kappan must also be allowed to speak to his mom through video convention.
The bench, which was dealing with problem in listening to the arguments on account of connectivity situation, adjourned the matter for Wednesday.
“When we are adjourning the matter for detailed hearing for tomorrow, why are you making arguments now,” the bench informed Mathew.
It requested Mehta to file medical information of Kappan by Wednesday to which the solicitor normal agreed.
Kappan’s spouse lately wrote to CJI Ramana searching for his speedy launch from the hospital, alleging he’s “chained like an animal in a cot” there.
Raihanth Kappan claimed within the letter written to the CJI that Kappan acquired accidents on April 20 after falling within the jail rest room and was reported COVID-19 optimistic a day later.
She stated he was shifted to Okay M Medical College, Mathura, on April 21, the place he’s presently “chained like an animal in a cot of the hospital, without mobility, and he neither could take food, nor could go to toilet for the last more than 4 days, and is very critical.”
On November 16 final 12 months, the highest court docket had sought a response from the Uttar Pradesh authorities on the plea difficult the arrest of the journalist.
The FIR has been filed below numerous provisions of the IPC and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) towards 4 folks having alleged hyperlinks with the Popular Front of India, or PFI.
PFI had been accused previously of funding protests towards the Citizenship (Amendment) Act throughout the nation earlier this 12 months. The KUWJ had filed a habeas corpus petition within the high court docket towards his arrest and speedy launch from unlawful detention.
The police had stated it arrested 4 folks having hyperlinks with the PFI in Mathura — Siddique from Malappuram, Atiq-ur Rehman from Muzaffarnagar, Masood Ahmed from Bahraich and Alam from Rampur.
The plea acknowledged that the arrest was made in violation of the necessary tips laid down by the apex court docket and with the only intention of obstructing the discharge of responsibility by a journalist.
Kappan was arrested on option to Hathras, which has been within the information following the loss of life of a 19-year-old Dalit girl who was allegedly gang-raped on September 14, 2020, in a village within the district.
Her cremation at evening by the authorities, allegedly with out the mother and father’ consent, has triggered widespread outrage.