The Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) urgently moved a habeas corpus petition within the Supreme Court on Monday for a course to the Uttar Pradesh Police to provide its secretary and journalist Sidhique Kappan earlier than the court docket and launch him from unlawful detention.
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Mr. Kappan was arrested en path to Hathras the place a 19-year-old was brutally raped and murdered. His whereabouts usually are not identified. Mr. Kappan, who is predicated in Delhi, has not been in a position to contact his household and colleagues, KUWJ mentioned. Efforts to succeed in him have been futile thus far.
The petition, filed by advocate Shweta Garg and settled by advocate Wills Mathews, has arraigned the Centre, U.P. authorities, Director General of Police of U.P. and the Delhi Police Commissioner as respondents.
“Media is the breath of democracy. The ultimate test of democracy is freedom of speech and expression,” the petition mentioned.
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It submitted that denial of entry to journalists to the place of reports impacts the basic proper of strange residents to realize info. Journalists require a “dignified and democratic working atmosphere,” it mentioned.