SC poser to U.P. govt. on treatment to Kappan
The apex court docket requested whether or not the Kerala journalist will be shifted outdoors the State for higher medial treatment
The Supreme Court Wednesday prompt to the Uttar Pradesh authorities that Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan, arrested final yr on approach to Hathras the place a younger Dalit girl had died after being gang raped, will be shifted for higher medical treatment outdoors the state.
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A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana requested Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to search directions from the state authorities on its suggestion and posted the plea of Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) and Kappan’s spouse for additional listening to at 1 pm.
Mr. Mehta, showing for the U.P. authorities, vehemently opposed the suggestion saying a number of equally positioned accused are getting treatment in hospitals within the state and Kappan shouldn’t be given particular treatment simply because a journalistic physique is a petitioner right here.
People with a number of organ failure are additionally being checked out by jail hospital in Mathura, he mentioned.
The bench, additionally comprising Justices Surya Kant and A.S. Bopanna, mentioned that at this second it was confined to the restricted prayer of granting higher well being amenities to Kappan and requested whether or not he will be allowed medical treatment in Delhi.
“We are confined to health issue. It is in the interest of the state also that the accused gets better treatment,” the Bench noticed.
On November 16 final yr, the highest court docket had sought a response from the Uttar Pradesh authorities on the plea difficult the arrest of the journalist.
The FIR has been filed below numerous provisions of the IPC and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in opposition to 4 individuals having alleged hyperlinks with the Popular Front of India, or PFI.
Kappan was arrested on approach to Hathras following the dying of a 19-year-old Dalit girl who was allegedly gang-raped on September 14, 2020 in a village within the district.
Her cremation at night time by the authorities, allegedly with out the dad and mom’ consent, had triggered widespread outrage.