SC pulls up Sibal representing Kerala journalist in Hathras arrest case
The habeas corpus plea which Kapil Sibal, senior lawyer & Congress leader, had filed regarding Siddique Kappan's release was adjourned by the Supreme Court on Monday.
Along with the adjournment, came a dressing down to Sibal who was insisting that the case be heard by the Supreme Court, and not by the Allahabad court which would “not grant us bail.”
The case in question was of 4 members of Popular Front of India (PFI) who were on their way to Hathras when arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police, one of them being a journalist in Kerala, namely Siddique Kappan.
Sibal was representing Kappan on behalf of Kerala Journalists Union.
Chief Justice of India SA Bobde questioned Sibal why he didn’t approach the Allahabad court with his plea.
Sibal’s position was: “When we filed this plea, it was a habeas corpus petition…Now we learnt that an FIR was registered. UAPA was invoked. No court in UP would grant us bail. Let us approach you under Article 32 of the Constitution.”
Article 32 grants the right to every citizen to approach the apex court.
“You approach the High Court, we are here only in case something wrong happens,” said Bobde.
The police of Uttar Pradesh had arrested the four accused including Muzaffarnagar's Siddiqui, Malappuram's Siddique, Masood Ahmed (Bahraich) and Alam (Rampur) In Mathura while they were on their way to Hathras.
The arrested four allegedly have connections with Popular Front of India (PFI) and were planning to cause caste-based unrest, as per the police. They had been booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
The Uttar Pradesh police had recovered the mobile, laptop, and suspected literature from the suspects. The FIR launched against the four has serious charges, including threatening the unity and integrity of the country (treason), as per the reports.
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