Supreme Court asks the UP government to present the medical records of journalist Siddique Kappan | India News
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday he asked the Uttar Pradesh government to present the journalist’s medical records Siddique Kappan who was arrested last year on his way to Hathras, where a young Dalit had died after being allegedly gang-raped.
Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) alleged that Kappan had been chained to a gurney at the hospital where he was admitted after falling into the bathroom and later testing positive for COVID-19.
The UP government refuted allegations that Kappan has been chained to a cot at the hospital and said it would submit a brief response on his medical records by tomorrow.
A bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and justices Surya Kant and AS Bopanna asked Attorney General Tushar Mehta, who is running for the state government, to submit medical records by Wednesday.
At first, Mehta said she had a preliminary objection to the habeas corpus petition filed by KUWJ as Kappan has been in court custody under the court order.
He said that the habeas corpus petition could not be upheld in the case where a defendant is in judicial custody.
Attorney Wills Mathew, who appears on KUWJ, said he fell in the bathroom on April 20 and tested positive for Covid-19 on April 21.
He added that in addition to the relief sought, Kappan should also be allowed to speak to his mother via video conference.
The bank, which was struggling to hear arguments due to connectivity issues, postponed the matter to Wednesday.
“When we postpone the matter for a detailed hearing for tomorrow, why are they arguing now?” The bank told Mathew.
He asked Mehta to archive Kappan’s medical records by Wednesday, to which the attorney general agreed.
Kappan’s wife recently wrote to CJI Ramana calling for his immediate release from the hospital, claiming that he is “chained like an animal on a cot” there.
Raihanth Kappan claimed in the letter written to the CJI that Kappan was injured on April 20 after falling into the prison bathroom and COVID-19 was reported positive a day later.
He said he was transferred to KM Medical College, Mathura, on April 21, where he is currently “chained like an animal on a hospital cot, without mobility, and could not eat or go to the bathroom for the last time. More than 4 days, and he’s very critical. ”
On November 16 last year, the high court had requested a response from the Uttar Pradesh government on the request to challenge the journalist’s arrest.
The FIR TREE has been filed under various provisions of the CPI and the Law (Prevention) of Illegal Activities (UAPA) against four people who have alleged links with the Popular Front of Indiaor PFI.
PFI had been accused in the past of funding protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act across the country earlier this year. The KUWJ had filed a habeas corpus petition in the high court against his arrest and immediate release from illegal detention.
Police had said they arrested four people who had links to the PFI in Mathura: Siddique from Malappuram, Atiq-ur Rehman from Muzaffarnagar, Masood Ahmed from Bahraich and Alam from Rampur.
The allegation said that the arrest was made in violation of the mandatory guidelines established by the supreme court and with the sole intention of obstructing the performance of a journalist’s duty.
Kappan was arrested on the way to Hathras, which has been in the news following the death of a 19-year-old Dalit woman who was allegedly gang-raped on September 14, 2020, in a village in the district.
His nightly cremation by the authorities, allegedly without parental consent, has sparked widespread outrage.