Journalist Siddique Kappan walks out of jail after two years

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Kerala based Journalist Siddique Kappan was released from Lucknow jail in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday morning after he secured bail in the cases against him, reported Bar and Bench.

The Sessions Judge, Lucknow had on Wednesday ordered Kappan’s release after accepting his bail bonds.

Kappan, a reporter for Malayalam news portal Azhimukham, and secretary of the Delhi unit of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ), was arrested along with three others in UP, while on his way to Hathras to report on the gang-rape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit girl.

He was then booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and later under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). He was in District Jail, Lucknow since December 2020.

In the UAPA case, he was denied bail by lower courts and the Allahabad High Court, before the top court granted him relief in August 2022.

In the case under PMLA, he was granted bail by Allahabad High Court in December 2022, reads the report.

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