Siddique Kappan In No Way Connected With PFI; Ready To Take Scientific Tests To Prove Innocence : KUWJ Tells SC
Top StoriesSiddique Kappan In No Way Connected With PFI; Ready To Take Scientific Tests To Prove Innocence : KUWJ Tells SC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK21 Jan 2021 10:02 PMShare This – xThe Kereala Union of Working Journalists(KUWJ) has filed an additional rejoinder in the Supreme Court refuting the allegations made by the Uttar Pradesh Government against journalist Siddique Kappan, who has been under custody since his arrest by the UP Police on October 5 last year when he was proceeding to report the Hathras crime.The KUWJ has denied that Kappan has any connection with…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kereala Union of Working Journalists(KUWJ) has filed an additional rejoinder in the Supreme Court refuting the allegations made by the Uttar Pradesh Government against journalist Siddique Kappan, who has been under custody since his arrest by the UP Police on October 5 last year when he was proceeding to report the Hathras crime.The KUWJ has denied that Kappan has any connection with Popular Front of India(PFI). In this regard, the KUWJ states that the UP Government has taken inconsistent stances in two affidavits.While the first affidavit of UP Government filed on November 20 asserted that Kappan was the “office secretary” of the Popular Front of India(PFI), the second affidavit filed by it on December 9 vaguely stated that Kappan was “in touch with the officials of PFI”, KUWJ said in his rejoinder. It said that the UP Governemnt has filed a “misleading affidavit, justifying the unlawful detention and malicious prosecution of Siddique Kappan”.”It is a matter of grave concern that, the Respondents have again claimed that Mr. Kappan has committed very serious offences, despite there being materials to support any allegations in the FIR, or in no the investigation, other than vague statements, thereby seriously prejudicing the faith of the common man in the legal system and the procedure established by law”, the rejoinder said.The KUWJ stated that Kappan, as a journalist, has strong roots in society, and may have come in contact with people from all walks of life, including the PFI, and that does not mean that he is a criminal. In any case, PFI is not a banned organization, the rejoinder stated.The rejoinder reiterated that Kappan was tortured in prison and that this was told by him to his lawyer Advocate Wills Mathew when he visited Kappan in prison on November 16. The UP Government has disputed the visit of Advocate Wills Mathew in Mathura jail. In this regard, the KUWJ states that the jail records and video footages of November 16 will prove the visit of Wills Mathew in Mathura jail to meet Kappan.The affidavit states that Kappan was arrested for bailable offences on October 5, and the fact of arrest was not informed to his relatives as per the directives in DK Basu case. Though the UP Government claimed in its affidavit that arrest was informed to Kappan’s relatives, the KUWJ states that the mobile numbers, which are cited in the UP Government’s affidavit, do not belong to Kappan’s relatives and they belong to residents of UP who have no connection with Kappan.The grave offences under UAPA were added in the FIR only later. It is stated that the FIR makes out no offence and that the FIR itself is arising out of a “criminal conspiracy, based on fraud and hence void abinitio”.”It cannot be even called an FIR in the eyes of law, as there is nothing probable allegation of the ingredients of the offence attributed against the accused so far and nothing has come out from the investigation also against the accused”, the rejoinder stated. The KUWJ repeated its demand for a judicial enquiry by a retired judge into the circumstances leading to Kappan’s arrest.The KUWJ stated that the denial of bail to Kappan on the first date of his production before the Magistrate, even though only bailable offences were mentioned in the FIR then, and also the order of CJM Mathura passed on October 16 refusing permission for Kappan to meet his lawyers, are “disturbing trends”, which require intervention from the Supreme Court.”Silence or inaction on these matters will have disastrous consequences on the freedoms of the citizens”, KUWJ said.The journalists union repeated that Kappan was ready to undergo scientific tests to prove his innocence, and vouched his journalistic credentials and stated that he was a member of the Press Council of India.”Even now the accused is ready and willing to undergo any kind of scientific tests including Narco analysis test to prove his innocence in every respects and also ready to place on record all bank accounts to show his innocence”, the rejoinder stated.”Mr. Kappan is in detention for the last more than 100 days, charge sheet not yet filed, there is no any evidence or recovery to connect with the accused, and the accused is having strong roots in society and is the secretary of the New Delhi Unit of the petitioner, and above all, the Mother of the accused aged 90 is critically ill and whenever she gains consciousness, she is repeatedly asking for meeting the accused”, it added.The KUWJ states that the mother of the accused got a call from him for the first time on November 2 , almost a month after the arrest, and the first call with the wife happened only on November 17.Next Story
Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews By Jon Zimney – May 22, 2020 0 834 WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Twitter Indiana unemployment rate soars to 16.9% EDITOR’S NOTES:Data are sourced from April Current Employment Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Facebook “3D Employment Graph” by Chris Potter, CC BY-SA 2.0 Indiana’s unemployment rate has soared to a record 16.9% percent as the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic comes into focus.Indiana’s unemployment rate went up fivefold in April to spike from the 10th-lowest jobless rate in the country to the fifth highest. Only three states had a bigger increase. The state lost nearly a half-million jobs — that’s also a record since state-level data began in 1976.Ball State economist Michael Hicks warns the reopening of businesses this month probably won’t do much to bring those jobs back. He says consumer spending had already begun to plunge even before Governor Holcomb announced what became a six-week stay-at-home order on March 23. He says industries most affected by social distancing requirements, like restaurants, casinos, and hotels, will be slowest to recover.And Hicks says the jobless rate is understating the real number, because it’s based on a survey conducted around April 12. He says the May number is likely to be more than 20-percent.Hicks says the actual flood of job losses is slowing down, based on the declining number of new unemployment claims. But until there’s a vaccine or an effective treatment for coronavirus, he says there’s not much the administration can do to bring jobs back. All it can do is try to avoid making matters worse, by helping people keep a roof over their head and food on the table. Holcomb announced this week he’s expanding a ban on new foreclosures and evictions another four weeks, to July 1.The following information was released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development:INDIANAPOLIS (May 22, 2020) – Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 16.9 percent for April and is higher than the national rate of 14.7 percent. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.Indiana’s labor force had a net decrease of 40,450 over the previous month. This was a result of an increase of 446,017 unemployed residents and a decrease of 486,467 employed residents. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.23 million, and the state’s 61.4 percent labor force participation rate is above the national rate of 60.2 percent.Learn more about how unemployment rates are calculated here: http://www.hoosierdata.in.gov/infographics/employment-status.asp.Employment by SectorPrivate sector employment has decreased by 405,200 over the year and by 380,500 over the previous month. The monthly decrease is primarily due to losses in the Leisure and Hospitality (-116,000), the Manufacturing (-78,200) and the Private Educational and Health Services (-54,200) sectors. Total private employment stands at 2,334,900, which is 414,000 below the January 2019 peak.Midwest Unemployment Rates Google+ Pinterest Previous articleSouth Bend-Mishawaka YMCA has announced it’s closing indefinitelyNext articleSen. Todd Young to visit South Bend on his RESTART Tour Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.