New Delhi, April 25
The spouse of Siddique Kappan, a journalist from Kerala who was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police whereas on his approach to Hathras, has written to Chief Justice of India N V Ramana in search of his quick release from a hospital, alleging he’s “chained like an animal in a cot” there.
Kappan, arrested on October 5 final yr whereas on the way in which to Hathras which was house to a younger Dalit girl who died after being gang-raped allegedly by 4 upper-caste males, is at present lodged in Medical College Hospital, Mathura, after he was discovered optimistic for COVID-19 on April 21.
Raihanth Kappan claimed within the latter written to the Chief Justice of India that Kappan acquired accidents on April 20 after falling within the jail toilet and was reported COVID optimistic a day later.
It mentioned that he was shifted to Ok M Medical College, Mathura, on April 21, the place he’s presently “chained like an animal in a cot of the hospital, without mobility, and he neither could take food, nor could go to 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,” the letter claimed.
She mentioned, “Despite having knowledge about the procedure established by law for mentioning, I am forced to approach your lordship directly, being an issue arising out of a habeas corpus petition pending more than six months, believing ‘Justice is above all, and even laws, rules and guidelines bend before it’”.
“Importantly, 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 six months, and the habeas corpus petition also pending since October 6, 2020.”
“It is most respectfully prayed to take immediate steps/pass necessary orders to release Kappan from the medical college hospital back to the Mathura Jail as interim relief,” the letter mentioned, including that the illustration given to Jail Superintendent, Mathura by message was pending. — PTI