(Kerala Journalist Siddique Kappan's case)

#SupremeCourt bench led by CJI SA Bobde to shortly hear plea by a scribe association urging the top court to order release of Kerala Journalist Siddique Kappan who was arrested by @Uppolice while he was on way to cover #HathrasCase
KUWJ has informed the Supreme Court that Kappan was beaten up in jail and that he was denied sleep & access to family. Says guidelines of the DK Basu case were violated.

Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta: I recieved a rejoinder yesterday. The lawyer has already met the accused.

Senior Adv Kapil Sibal appears

CJI: will you go to the HC

@KapilSibal : No
SG : This plea is by an association and not the journalist

Sibal: court please decide one way or other

CJI: decide what?

Sibal: FIR does not implicate me and charges are levelled
Sibal: Does the SG Mehta has a special privilege to interrupt me. The fir is false. The website they refer does not exist.

CJI: this is a criminal matter. Even if accused comes here then also we ask them to approach HC
Sibal: in other petitions where habeas corpus was filed before HC, dates have been given of next month. Now we will asked to go to trial court

CJI: Can an association agitate an issue like this on behalf of journalist

Sibal: I will implead the wife
CJI: we will again ask you why don't you go to the HC

SIBAL: In Arnab Goswamis case bail was pending in lower court and still this Court entertained it

CJi: Every case is different

SG: he claimed to work for Tejas which was closed in 2018
Sibal: Please don't list it after 2 weeks. This is about liberty.

SG: Investigation till now is shocking

Sibal: numbers of relatives have been given who do not exist and have no relation to #SiddiqueKappan
Matter to be listed next week.

SG Mehta: We will file a rejoinder. I will satisfy your conscience.

[Siddique Kappan] Arnab Goswami's case was decided by Supreme Court though his bail plea was pending before lower court: Kapil Sibal to SC

#siddiquekappan #SupremeCourtofIndia



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