By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 18, 2021 6:25:15 pm
Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan with his mother Khadeeja Kutty in February.
Jailed Kerala-based journalist Siddique Kappan’s mother passed away on Friday.
Kappan has been in prison since October 5 last year in a case linked to an alleged conspiracy to inflame religious enmity over the rape in Hathras of a Dalit girl and her death.
Kappan and three PFI men were booked on charges of breach of peace after being arrested while they were on their way to the Uttar Pradesh village to meet the family of the Dalit woman who was allegedly raped and murdered. Two days after the arrest, the UP Police had filed another case against them on various charges, including sedition and the stringent UAPA. The police later booked four more persons in the case.
In April this year, the police filed a charge sheet against all eight persons, including Kappan, in a local court in Mathura, charging them with sedition and conspiring to incite caste violence, among others.
In February, the Supreme Court had allowed Kappan to meet his ailing mother.
On Tuesday, a local court of Mathura had dropped proceedings against all four of them.
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