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Hathras reportage: Supreme Court adjourns habeas corpus appeal to free journalist from UP Police detention

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New Delhi (ILNS): The Supreme Court today adjourned a habeas corpus petition seeking the release of a journalist from the alleged illegal detention of UP Police. The journalist was picked up by the police while he was on his way to report on the Hathras incident.

In the petition, the Kerala Union of Working Journalists has submitted that the detention of its Delhi Unit Secretary Sidhique Kappan is violative of the fundamental rights guaranteed under Articles 14, 19, and 21 of the Constitution.

The bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian adjourned the matter by 2 weeks.

The petitioners have alleged that the detention was in violation of the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court in DK Basu vs State of West Bengal and various other judgments of the Court.

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It has been further submitted that the arrest was made with a view to obstruct the discharge of duty of Kappan in the capacity of a journalist.

The petitioners have further submitted that neither the family members nor the colleagues of Kappan were informed about his arrest or the place of detention.

-India Legal Bureau

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