A 5,000-page charge sheet was filed against Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan by the Uttar Pradesh police, he was also arrested in October last year, while travelling from Delhi to report on the repercussion of the alleged gang-rape and subsequent death of a Dalit woman from Hathras.
Not only had him there are seven others arrested with Kappan and they had also faced charges under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act or UAPA for alleged conspiracy to create communal tension.
The police, in the FIR used a section of the UAPA that deals with “raising funds for a terrorist act.” On other hand defence lawyer Madhuvan Dutt Chaturvedi said reporters: “We have not yet received a copy of the charge sheet. It’s about 5,000 pages. Once we officially get a copy, we will study it and decide our course of action.”
On the other hand the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) has appealed to the Supreme Court for an independent inquiry by a retired judge to determine the facts of the alleged "illegal arrest and detention" of Mr Kappan. The body has also claimed that the Uttar Pradesh Police made an "absolute false and incorrect statement" that Mr Kappan is the office secretary of the Popular Front of India.