Journalist Kappan out of jail after two years

In custody of UP police since 6 October 2020

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Journalist Kappan out of jail after two years
Siddique Kappan, a Kerala journalist, was arrested by UP Police in 2020 for allegedly trying to incite riots. Photo: The Leaflet.in

Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan walked out of jail on 2 February 2023, after spending over two years in jail – over a month after he was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court in connection with a Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case. A Lucknow court on 1 February signed orders to release him on bail after accepting his bail bonds, livelaw.in reported.

Kappan has been in the custody of Uttar Pradesh Police since 6 October 2020, when he was on his way to Hathras to report on the alleged gang rape of a Dalit woman, who later died.

Accusing Kappan of trying to disturb peace and harmony in the area, the UP police booked him under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, and picked him up and three others from Mant in Mathura.

The Supreme Court had in September granted him bail in all other cases, however, he could not get out of jail as the PMLA case was pending. In October 2022, the Lucknow court rejected his bail plea in the case. However, in December 2022, the high court granted him bail in the case.

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