New Delhi, Apr 28 (ILNS): In what can be called a major setback for the Uttar Pradesh government, the Supreme Court today directed the government arrange for the shifting of arrested Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan — to a better facility, such as the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in New Delhi or wherever proper treatment can be done. The court said that Kappan can be transferred back to Mathura jail after the doctor certifies him to have recovered.
The Court has also said that Kappan can move a regular bail afterwards in accordance with the law while disposing a Habeas Corpus petition. The court, in the morning, had indicated on these lines.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, arguing on behalf of the UP government, asked the court to direct to a particular hospital. He said that when all beds are full of Covid patients, a bed has to be vacated for Kapan to be admitted. That did not deter the court.
The bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and AS Bopanna, while hearing the Kappan case – allegations have been made in a habeas corpus petition made by the Kerala Union of Working Journalists that Kappan has been kept chained – indicated this in the morning, despite the vehement opposition of the Solicitor General.
The court had asked the SG to bring back instructions from the state government and appear again in the afternoon. ILNS\SJ