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Supreme Court orders journalist Siddique Kappan be sent to a Delhi hospital for treatment

Lawstreet Journal 29 Apr 2021 7:08pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Supreme Court orders journalist Siddique Kappan be sent to a Delhi hospital for treatment

The Uttar Pradesh government was directed by the Supreme Court on Wednesday (April 28, 2021) to move Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan to a Delhi hospital for better medical care. Kappan is reportedly being held in a Mathura prison on charges of sedition and provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

"We direct that Siddique Kappan be shifted to RML Hospital, or AIIMS or any other govt hospital in Delhi. After recovery, he can be sent back to Mathura Jail," the Court ordered. 

Kappan may then seek bail from a lower court, according to the Court. The Court dismissed the plea, clarifying that if Kappan's wellbeing is certified, he may be returned to the Mathura prison. A bench consisting of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices Surya Kant and AS Bopanna issued the order.

The court was hearing an application filed by the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) requesting that Kappan be transferred from UP hospital to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi due to a medical emergency. Kappan had fallen in a bathroom at the Mathura jail, according to KUWJ, and later tested positive for COVID-19.

"He is presently hospitalized in KM Medical College, Mathura. It is reliably believed that, more than 50 inmates of Mathura Jail are suffering from COVID, with various of scarcities, and even drinking water from toilet, seriously affecting hygiene, health, all leading to a major disaster in the making. In short, as on today , the life of Mr. Sidhique Kappan is in danger… Continue Reading...

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