• Wednesday, March 22, 2023


Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan walks out of Uttar Pradesh jail on bail

Journalist Siddique Kappan (C), who was arrested in October 2020 in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where he had travelled to report on a high-profile gang rape-case, walks out from Lucknow District jail after being granted bail in a money laundering case, in Lucknow on February 2, 2023. (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

Siddique Kappan, a journalist from the southern Indian state of Kerala, walked out of jail in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday (2), a day after the sureties required for his bail was submitted in court.

Two sureties of Rs 1 lakh (£986) each were submitted on Wednesday (1) in the special PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) court here.

Kappan was released from jail around 9.15 am local time, jailor of Lucknow District Jail Rajendra Singh told PTI.

The journalist, along with three others, were arrested in October 2020 while on their way to Hathras in Uttar Pradesh where a Dalit woman died allegedly after being raped.

They were accused of trying to instigate violence over the death of the Hathras woman. Police had alleged that Kappan had links with the now-banned Popular Front of India and charged him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and sections of the Indian Penal Code.

In September last year, the Supreme Court of India granted him bail in connection with that case.

But, he continued to be in jail because of the money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate.


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