Jail authorities say that despite being granted bail in the UAPA case, Malayalee journalist Siddique Kappan will remain in jail. The investigation in the ED case against Siddique Kappan is in progress. Lucknow Jail authorities say that Siddique Kappan cannot be released without getting bail in this case as well. The Lucknow Court will hear the ED case on the 19th of this month. Meanwhile, the court adjourned the hearing of the ED case against the driver of the vehicle that went to Hathras. The case will be heard again on the 25th of this month.
Last week, the Supreme Court granted bail to Siddique Kappan, who was jailed under the UAPA by the UP government. A bench headed by Chief Justice UU Lalit granted bail on the grounds that the evidence found by the UP Police was insufficient. The bail was on the condition that the captain should stay in Delhi for the next six weeks. However, Siddique Kappan can be released only if he gets bail in the case registered by the ED.
On October 5, 2020, Siddique Kappan was arrested on the way to the place where the girl died as a gang-rape victim in Hathras. Siddique Kappan, who was traveling with Popular Front activists, was arrested by the UP Police under UAPA on the grounds that he had tried to riot. Then Kappan was arrested under UAPA and other sections, and he has been in jail for 22 months. Kappan reached the Supreme Court after the Mathura Court and the Allahabad High Court rejected his bail plea.