Kerala CM writes to Yogi Adityanath: Journalist Siddique Kappan “Chained to Hospital Bed like Animal”

Kappan's wife and 11 UDF MPs seek CJI intervention in the case while Pinayari Vijayan, Kerala CM has written to Yogi Adityanath requesting to ensure that Siddique Kappan receives necessary humane treatment and expert healthcare.


Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan who is accused of offenses under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and sedition is presently “chained like an animal” to a hospital bed in Mathura, stated a plea filed by his wife Raihanth Kappan through Advocate Wills Mathew to the Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana has noted.

Kerala Journalist Siddique Kappan is presently admitted to a KM Medical College Hospital in Uttar Pradesh where he is not just disallowed from using the toilet but is also tied to the hospital bed stated the plea. The journalist was shifted to the hospital after he tested Covid positive while being imprisoned at the Mathura Jail.
The plea states that Kappan (who has recently tested Positive for COVID-19) is chained like an animal in a cot of the Medical College Hospital, Mathura, without mobility, and that he is not able to take food, go to the toilet for the last more than 4 days, and is very critical. If immediate corrective steps are not taken, it will result in his untimely death,”
It further adds:
“Media is the breath of democracy, and it is an attempt for giving breath to a media person, who is in jail for the last more than 6 months, and the Habeas Corpus petition also pending since 06.10.2020. The representation given to Jail Superintendents, Mathura by message is pending.” 
The plea has requested the intervention of the Chief Justice of India to release him from the hospital and keep him back in Mathura jail until the plea for his release is decided.
The letter by his wife also states that despite having knowledge about the procedure established by law for mentioning, she was forced to approach your lordship directly, being an issue arising out of a Habeas Corpus petition pending more than 6 months. The Habeas Corpus petition seeking the release of  Kappan filed on 06th October 2020 which was supposed to be disposed of on 09th March 2021 had not been disposed of despite it being listed more than 7 times.

Thus, the letter prays that immediate steps/ necessary orders are passed to release Kappan from the Medical college Hospital back to the Mathura Jail as an interim relief, till the disposal of the mentioning application filed on 22nd April 2021.

 Reporting about the issue, the Times of India has reported that Raihanth Kappan while speaking to the media outlet shared that ” He called me from somebody’s phone today and said that he is being chained to the hospital ever since he was admitted there. They are not releasing him even to go to the toilet. He said that he was urinating in a plastic bottle” and that he now wanted to be somehow discharged from the hospital.

Siddique Kappan (along with three others) was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police while attempting to cover the case of gang rape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit Woman at Hatras known as Hathras Rape Case. The journalists were booked under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and on charges of sedition.

Meanwhile, it may be noted that citing medical emergencies, the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) had filed an additional rejoinder in the Supreme Court refuting the allegations made by the UP Government and denied his connections with the Popular Front of India (PFI). KUWJ has also seemed the top-most court the transfer of Kerala Journalist Siddique Kappan to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) or Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi. It stated that Kappan had collapsed in the bathroom and sustained serious injuries and was later tested Covid positive and is presently hospitalized in Mathura Hospital.

In addition to this, The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinayari Vijayan has written to Yogi Adityanath (Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh) requesting to ensure that Siddique Kappan receives necessary humane treatment and expert healthcare.

Eleven MPs of the United Democratic Front (Front) have also written to the Chief Justice of India saying that journalist Siddiqui Kappan, who has been arrested by the UP police under UAPA, should be shifted to AIIMS.

Also Read: Press freedom: how governments are using COVID as an excuse to crack down on the public’s right to know


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April 2024



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