The Supreme Court has granted bail to journalist Siddiq Kappan, accused under UAPA in the Hathras rape case. Kappan, who has been appealing in the court for a long time, has finally got bail. Siddiq Kappan has been accused of disturbing law and order at the time of reporting the rape case to having connections with the controversial organization PFI. By the way, the Uttar Pradesh government has been against giving bail to Siddiq Kappan and has always opposed it.
In such a situation, we know what is this whole matter and what are the allegations against them. Along with this, know the special things related to his personal and professional life, which very few people know.
What is the Hathras case?
First of all let us tell you what is Hathras case. Let us tell you that on September 14, 2020, a Dalit victim was raped in Hathras. After this, he was admitted to a hospital in Delhi in critical condition, where he died during treatment. After this, the body of the victim was allegedly burnt by the district administration in the middle of the night by pouring kerosene. The girl’s family had alleged that the district administration forcibly performed the last rites of the victim without her consent. You will remember that after this case, there was a protest all over the country and a lot of demonstrations were held.
What are the allegations against Siddiq Kappan?
Siddique Kappan is accused of having connections with the Popular Front of India (PFI). It is said for this organization that it works on anti-national agenda. It is alleged that he has also received financial assistance from PFI and was working undercover as a journalist. Along with this, he is accused of being part of a wider conspiracy to incite communal feelings and spread terror.
At the same time, when he had gone to report during the Hathras rape case, it was alleged that he was going to Hathras to disturb the law and order. After this, a case was registered against Kappan under UAPA and was arrested in the year 2020. He has been in jail for a long time and in between was granted bail for a few days to meet his mother. He did not get bail first from the Mathura Court, then he appealed to the High Court and now to the Supreme Court. After this he got bail in the Supreme Court.
Who is Siddiq Kappan?
By the way, the name of Siddiq Kappan came to the fore only after the Hathras case. Kappan is lodged in Mathura jail since October 2020. Kappan is said to be a correspondent in Malayalam news portal Azhimukham. Along with this, he is also the secretary of the Delhi unit of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists.
If we talk about personal life, then his wife’s name is Raihanath and he has three children – two sons and a daughter. His mother died in June 2021 after he went to jail. She was 90 years old and had been ill for a long time. A video of his daughter Mehnaz also went viral, in which in a school speech, Mehnaz said that my father’s freedom has been snatched away and he has been locked in a dark room.
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