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India: Journalist Siddique Kapan will remain in jail despite being granted bail by the Supreme Court


New Delhi, September 13 (KMS) Journalist Siddique Kapan from the Indian state of Kerala will remain in jail despite being granted bail by the Indian Supreme Court.
On Monday, a court ordered the release of Siddique Kapan, who was arrested and jailed in October 2020 while he was on his way to Hathras in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, where a Dalit woman was gang-raped by upper-caste Hindus. After that he died. Jail officials told the media that Siddiq Kapan will remain in jail as another case registered by the Enforcement Directorate is under investigation. Additional Sessions Judge Anurodh Mishra, while ordering his release, directed the journalist to submit two surety bonds of Rs 1 lakh each and a personal bond of the same amount. The judge also directed the journalist to submit an affidavit that he will not violate the restrictions imposed on him by the Supreme Court. Along with Siddiq Kapan, human rights activist Atiq-ur-Rehman, Masood Ahmed, a master’s student at Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, and taxi driver Muhammad Alam were arrested in Mathura on their way to Hathras. A case was registered against them under various provisions of the Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act and the Information Technology Act. The Supreme Court had granted bail to Kapan on Friday. The court had imposed several bail conditions, including that he should stay in Delhi for the next six weeks after his release from jail and report to the Nizamuddin police station in the Indian capital every Monday. Is. Opposition parties and journalists’ organizations have condemned the arrest of Siddique Kapan, saying that he has been made an easy target by the UP government. He hoped that he would get bail in another case filed against him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

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