The arrest and custody of Kerala Journalist Siddiqque Kappan mentioned in the Apex Court during the hearing of the case of Arnab Goswami
The arrest and custody of Kerala journalist Siddiqque Kappan, who is under custody since October 5 since his arrest by the Uttar Pradesh police while he was on his way to report the Hathras rape case, was mentioned in the Supreme Court on Wednesday during the hearing of the Arnab Goswami’s case.
Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, who was representing the State of Maharashtra, mentioned Kappan’s arrest before the bench at the fag end of the hearing in the Goswami’s case.As the vacation bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee was about to wind up the arguments before the pronouncement of orders, Sibal submitted:
‘A Kerala journalist was arrested by UP police when he was going to Hathras to report. We came to this Court under Article 32. The Court said go to lower court. The petition was posted after four weeks. Such things are also happening”.The bench did not pass any comments on Sibal’s submissions.
Kappan, a freelance journalist reporting for Malayalam portals, was arrested by the UP police on October 5 along with three others in an FIR registered for alleged criminal conspiracy to create societal unrest in the wake of Hathras incident. The stringent provisions of anti-terror legislation Unlawful Activities Prevention Act(UAPA) and sedition were invoked against Kappan and others. A local court in Mathura remanded them to custody.
Following his arrest, the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) filed a habeas corpus petition in the Supreme Court challenging Kappan’s custody. The KUWJ argued that the arrest was illegal and unconstitutional.