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Lucknow Court Frames Charges Against Siddique Kappan In PMLA Case

Sparsh Upadhyay
8 Dec 2022 5:34 AM GMT
Lucknow Court, Frames Charges, Siddique Kappan, PMLA Case, Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Sections 3 (offence of money laundering) and 4 (punishment for money laundering),

A court in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow district has framed charges against Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan, and six others, in the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case under Sections 3 (offence of money laundering) and 4 (punishment for money laundering) of the Act.

Speaking to Live Law, lawyer Kuldeep Srivastava, who represented ED in the Court, confirmed that Charges have been framed against 7 accused persons including Kappan in the PMLA Case by the court on December 6.

In October 2022, the Lucknow sessions court rejected the bail plea filed by Kappan in connection with this case initiated against him by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

ED filed the prosecution complaint against Kappan in February 2021. The other accused in this case are K. A. Rauf Sherif, Atikur Rahman, Masud Ahmad, Mohammad Alam, Abdul Razzak, and Ashraf Khadir.

It may be noted that the Supreme Court, on September 9, granted bail to Kappan, who has been under the custody of UP Police since October 6, 2020, in connection with the Hathras Conspiracy case. However, due to the rejection of his bail in the PMLA case, Kappan continues to be behind the bar

Read more about the Supreme Court's order here: Siddique Kappan Case- "Everyone Has Right To Free Expression", Supreme Court Asks UP Govt How Seeking "Justice For Hathras Girl" Is A Crime

Kappan, who has now spent over two years behind bars, was arrested, along with other accused by the UP police in October 2020 while they were proceeding to report the Hathras rape-murder crime.
While initially he was arrested under the apprehension of causing a breach of peace, subsequently, he was booked under the UAPA alleging that him and his co-passengers were trying to incite communal riots and disrupt social harmony in the wake of the Hathras gangrape-murder case.

Kappan had earlier moved the Allahabad High Court after a local court in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh had rejected his bail plea last year in July. While denying bail to Kappan in August this year, the Allahabad High Court had stated that he had "no work" at Hathras.

On August 23, Kappan's co-accused cab driver Mohammad Alam, was enlarged on bail by the High Court. It was observed in the bail order that "incriminating material" was recovered from Kappan's possession but, no such material was recovered from Alam.

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