UP: Kappan PFI man, used cover of journo | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The UP government told the Supreme Court on Friday that Siddique Kappan, who was arrested while trying to reach Hathras, was not a journalist but an officer-bearer of the radical Popular Front of India (PFI) and was masquerading as a mediaperson along with activists of PFI’s students’ wing to create social tension and a law and order situation in UP in the wake of the “gang-rape”.
“Kappan is the office secretary of Popular Front of India who was using a journalist cover by showing the identity card of a Kerala-based newspaper named ‘Tejas’ which was closed in 2018. It is revealed during investigation that he along with other PFI activists and their students’ wing (Campus Front of India) leaders were going to Hathras under the garb of journalism with a very determined design to create a caste divide and disturb law and order situation,” the UP government said in a strongly-worded response to the writ petition filed on behalf of Kappan.
Rebutting a Kerala journalists’ body’s charge that Kappan had not got legal assistance and that he was arrested without any evidence, the UP government said Kappan and his three associates – Atikurrahman, Alam and Masood – were duly represented by lawyers before a Mathura court.
The state government said the three accused had filed bail pleas before the Mathura court, which dismissed these after hearing a battery of lawyers from Delhi and other places for nine days. “It is a deliberate attempt by the journalists’ body to move the SC for bail when the accused was competent to move the Allahabad high court for the same relief. It is pertinent to mention that on October 6, one advocate Maula Ali, who had come from Delhi, duly interacted with accused Kappan in the court premises with the permission of the CJM,” it said.
Denying the charges of the journalists’ body that Kappan had not been allowed to talk to his relatives, solicitor general Tushar Mehta told a bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian that Kappan had talked to his mother and wife and that his arrest on October 5 was immediately conveyed to his brother and uncle, whose phone numbers were provided by the accused.

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