India’s Supreme Court today (September 9, 2022) granted bail to journalist Siddique Kappan who was arrested in October 2020 while on his way to Hathras in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where a Dalit woman died after allegedly being gang-raped.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, passed the bail order while allowing the appeal filed by Kappan, a Kerala-based scribe, against the Allahabad high court order refusing him bail, reports our New Delhi correspondent.
The apex court bench, however, directed Kappan to remain in Delhi for the next six weeks after his release from a prison in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
The bench imposed certain conditions on him including asking him to surrender his passport and report to the police station every Monday.
Siddique Kappan was arrested under the stringent anti-terror law Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
The Uttar Pradesh government had earlier told the top court that Kappan had deep links with the Popular Front of India and was part of a larger conspiracy to “incite religious discord and spread terror”.
Senior lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani, appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government, submitted before the apex court that this was also a fit case for invoking 124A of the Constitution as the accused persons were creating disaffection using the rape of a girl.