The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to transfer Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan, who was arrested last year, out of the state for better treatment.
New Delhi. The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to transfer Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan, who was arrested last year, out of the state for better treatment. Journalist Kappan (42) was arrested on the way to Hathras last year where a Dalit girl died after the alleged gang rape. Keeping in view the basic human rights of the accused, a bench headed by Chief Justice NV Raman granted relief and directed the state government to provide treatment to the journalist.
The bench also had Justice Suryakant and Justice AS Bopanna. The court also clarified that Kappan should be sent to Mathura jail after recovering. The apex court while disposing of the petition filed by the Journalists Union of Kerala (KUWJ) gave Kappan the leeway that he can approach the appropriate forum against the arrest or for any other relief. “Looking at the facts of the case, we disposed of the petition,” the bench said. Even though Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has very seriously opposed it, we direct the state to send the accused to Rammanohar Lohia (RML) Hospital or All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) or wherever treatment may take place. Mehta strongly opposed the apex court’s suggestion, saying that the bench could direct the concerned hospital to arrange a bed for Kappan.
However, the apex court refused to give any direction on the issue and told Mehta that the state government could arrange for a bed and that “we are leaving it on that”. Earlier in the morning, Mehta strongly opposed the suggestion of the apex court, saying that many similar accused are being treated in state hospitals. He said that the hospital of Mathura Jail is also treating people whose many organs are not working. Advocate Wills Matthews, appearing for KUWJ and Kappan’s wife, said that Kappan could be granted interim bail in the case with proper medication and treatment instructions.
At the commencement of the hearing, the bench said that it was hearing a limited request to provide better healthcare for Kappan and asked if he could be treated in Delhi. “We are limited to health issues,” the bench said. It is also in the interest of the state to provide better treatment to the accused. ”On 16 November last year, the apex court had asked Uttar Pradesh to file a reply on a petition challenging the arrest of the journalist.
An FIR was lodged against four people for allegedly having links with the Popular Front of India (PFI) under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Kappan was arrested en route while reporting on the Hathras incident. On September 14 last year, a 19-year-old Dalit girl died in a village in Hathras after being gang-raped.
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