SC calls on UP government to file medical report on journalist Siddique Kappan

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a medical report on journalist Siddique Kappan and adjourned the case for a rehearing until Wednesday.

The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana, was hearing the habeas corpus petition filed by the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) asking for its immediate leadership to transfer Kappan from the Mathura Hospital at AIIMS, New Delhi, due to his serious illness.

“Let you (the SG, Government of Uttar Pradesh) file a medical report of the defendant, in the case,” Judge Ramana said, and adjourned the case.

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government has denied Kappan’s wife’s claim that the accused was chained to a cot.

Kappan’s attorney, Wills Mathews, said his client tested positive for COVID-19 on April 21 and was later taken to hospital.

“He was chained to a cot, we learned that,” he said.

“My main immediate relief is that he will be released from the chains,” Mathews told the Supreme Court. To that, said the SG, he is not chained.

The SG said he would file an affidavit in the case and the case could be adjourned until Wednesday.

Kappan was arrested at a toll booth near Hathras, on his way to Hathras in Uttar Pradesh in October last year, as part of his reporting assignment to cover the gang rape and murder suspected of a 19-year-old girl. An FIR had been registered under the UAPA in the case against Kappan by the Uttar Pradesh Police.

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