Journalist Siddique Kappan released on bail after 28 months of incarceration

Journalist Siddique Kappan.

Lucknow: Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan was released from jail 28 months after he was arrested near Mathura while going towards Hathras, where a Dalit girl had been raped and killed by Hindu men.

According to the jailor of Lucknow District Jail Rajendra Singh, Kappan was released from jail around 9.15 am. “It has been 28 months. I am out after a lot of fight. I am happy,” the journalist said following his release.

“The fact that my mother is not there to receive me when I visit my home is heartbreaking,” he said.

The sureties required for his release on bail were submitted in a court here on Wednesday.

When asked whether formalities related to Kappan’s submission of sureties have been done in the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court, his lawyer Mohamed Dhanish K S told PTI, “Sureties were presented in the court today. Court part is complete now. Release order sent to jail”.

Two sureties of Rs 1 lakh each could not be submitted on Tuesday in the PMLA court here due to the absence of the judge.

Kappan and three others were arrested in October 2020 while they were on their way to Hathras where a Dalit woman had died after being raped by Hindu men.

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