Mathura court extends judicial custody of Kerala Journalist, 3 others

Journalist Siddique Kappan allowed to visit his ailing mother in Kerala for five days

A Mathura court on 20th October 2020 extended the judicial custody of a Kerala journalist and three others arrested here on their way to a village in Hathras to meet the family of the gang rape victim who died of injuries inflicted on her by four upper caste accused.

Arrested earlier this month by police under Section 151 of the CrPC on the suspicion of their “intention to commit some cognizable offence,” the four were later booked on charges of sedition under sections of the UAPA and IT Act and were remanded to 14-day judicial custody on October 7, 2020.

Mathura Chief Judicial Magistrate Anju Rajput extended the judicial custody of Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan and three others after they were produced before her court through video conferencing on the completion of the earlier period of their judicial custody. CJM Rajput had, on Friday, dismissed the application filed by the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) for meeting Kappan.

The court extended the judicial custody of journalist Kappan and his accomplices Atiqur Rahman, Alam and Masood, saying that the police was yet to complete the probe into the sedition and terror case against them, said APO Brajmohan Singh.

A Mathura SDM on Monday had ordered the four to furnish a surety bond worth Rs one lakh each to keep peace in society under the provision of section 107 of the CrPC.

Pending the furnishing of the surety bond for their release, SDM Suresh Kumar of Mathura’s Mant sub-division had remanded them to judicial custody under section 116 of the CrPC for 14 days owing to their arrest by police under section 151 of the CrPC.