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SC Issues Notice To UP Govt Over Arrest Of Kerala Journalist On Way To Hathras

Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the Uttar Pradesh government challenging the arrest of Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan on his way to Hathras where a 20-year-old Dalit woman had died after allegedly being gang-raped.

A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramaniam asked the counsel of Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) why it did not approach the Allahabad High Court.

“We will issue notice. We are keeping it on Friday.” The bench said that when senior advocate Kapil Sibal of the association sought bail, saying there was nothing against him

“He is not named in the FIR.” No offense He has been in jail since 5 October.

Not raising questions about the High Court knocking, the bench said, “We are not on the merits of the case.” Why did you do justice in the High Court?”

Journalist Siddique Kappan was arrested on October 5 while he was on his way to Hathras, home to the young Dalit woman who died after being gang-raped, allegedly by four upper-caste men.

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