- Arrested Kappan’s bail plea rejected
- Once again bail plea rejected: Mehbooba
- Judiciary should follow its word: Mufti
Jammu Kashmir News: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti said on Thursday that the judiciary should follow its word. Mufti made the remarks after journalist Siddiq Kappan’s bail plea was again rejected. Earlier, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had rejected the bail plea of Kappan, arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, in the Hathras conspiracy case.
Kappan, a correspondent for Malayalam news portal ‘Ajimukham’ and secretary of the Delhi unit of the Kerala Working Journalists Association, was arrested along with three others in Uttar Pradesh in October 2020. The arrest took place when these men were on their way to Hathras to report on the gang rape of a 19-year-old Dalit girl.
‘…Then why is it not being implemented?’
Mufti tweeted, “The CJI says the rule is for bail, not jail, then why is it not being implemented? Kappan’s bail plea, who has been behind bars for 22 months for reporting the Hathras gang rape, has been rejected once again. It has been done. The time has come for the judiciary to act on its words.”
‘Government wants to crush journalism, the fourth pillar of democracy’
Earlier, Mehbooba Mufti said on Wednesday that it is not hidden from anyone that the BJP-led central government wants to crush journalism, the fourth pillar of democracy. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said on Twitter: “Akash Hasan was stopped from going abroad immediately after the Chief Justice of India’s remarks on the role of journalists in a democracy.”
“It is not a secret that the Indian government wants to crush the fourth pillar of our democracy because it does not tolerate the truth,” he said. The authorities did not allow Kashmiri journalist Akash Hasan to go to Sri Lanka, where he wanted to go to cover the current crisis. Mufti was reacting to the incident. Earlier, the government had also stopped Pulitzer Prize awardee Sana Mattoo from going to Paris.
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