An Indian Muslim journalist despite securing bail from the Supreme Court after spending nearly two years in jail on charges of conspiring to incite riots in a northern state will remain behind bars, a police official has said.
Siddique Kappan is required for investigation in another case being probed by India’s Enforcement Directorate, said Santosh Verma, an official of the Lucknow Jail.
“Kappan will continue to remain in jail as a case being probed by the Enforcement Directorate is still pending,” according to him, as reported on Tuesday by the Press Trust of India.
“We are confident that he will be free soon as we have complete faith in our legal system,” his wife Raihanath Kappan told Anadolu Agency. They expect that he will be granted bail in this case when it is heard on September 19.
The journalist, who worked for a regional Malayalam news website, was granted bail by the Supreme Court on Friday after being detained by police in northern Uttar Pradesh state in 2020 on his way to report on the death of a lower-caste Dalit teenager days after she was gang raped.
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