The mom of Siddique Kappan – the Kerala journalist arrested in October final 12 months whereas on his technique to Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras to report on the alleged gang-rape of a Dalit lady – has died.
She was over 90 years previous and had been unwell for a very long time. Her funeral shall be held at this time, which suggests Mr Kappan won’t be able to carry out her final rites or say goodbye to her.
Mr Kappan – whose personal well being and medical situation is trigger for concern – final visited his mom in February, when the Supreme Court granted him 5 days’ bail.
The court docket had mentioned Mr Kappan may solely converse to family and docs treating his mom. He was escorted by cops always; UP Police was ordered to rearrange for his journey and return.
Sources mentioned that when Mr Kappan visited her, he advised his family to rearrange a direct funeral ought to she die earlier than he got here house once more.
This was after his mom fell unconscious and was unable to answer a video name.
With regard to his personal well being, Mr Kappan is a diabetic with blood stress issues. He additionally contracted COVID-19 whereas in jail.
In April, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, state MPs and the Editors Guild of India slammed his “inhuman treatment” in jail. Mr Kappan’s spouse had written to Chief Justice NV Ramana, saying he had been “chained like an animal in a cot”.
The Supreme Court then ordered Mr Kappan shifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) or any Delhi authorities hospital for remedy.
“… fundamental ‘right to life’ unconditionally embraces even an undertrial. The consideration made herein is keeping in view the peculiar facts and circumstances of this case,” the court docket mentioned.
To a grievance from the centre that there have been no free beds within the nationwide capital – then going through a disaster as a result of second Covid wave – the court docket mentioned: “You sort it out with the government”.
Mr Kappan and three others had been heading to Hathras to report on the alleged gang-rape once they had been arrested and charged in a number of instances underneath the anti-terror regulation UAPA.
UP Police mentioned they acted on a tip about “suspicious people”.
The Kerala Union of Working Journalists, which moved the Supreme Court looking for bail for Mr Kappan, has denied allegations in opposition to him and has alleged he has been tortured in jail.
The UP authorities had opposed the bail request, alleging Mr Kappan masqueraded as a journalist from a defunct newspaper and that investigations had uncovered “shocking findings”.
However, earlier this week a court docket in UP’s Mathura dropped one case in opposition to Mr Kappan and the others as a result of police had failed to finish the inquiry throughout the prescribed six-month deadline.
They stay in jail on UAPA fees of sedition, conspiracy and elevating funds for terrorist acts.
With enter from PTI