Mathura Court drops charges of breach of peace against journalist Siddique Kappan and three others

On Tuesday, a Mathura Court dropped proceedings against Kerala based journalist Siddique Kappan and three accused in connection to a case registered against them for charges of breach of peace while they were on their way to meet family members of a Dalit woman who was allegedly murdered and raped.

The case was dropped as the police could not complete the inquiry against them within the stipulated period of six months, as mentioned u/s 116(6) of CrPC. The accused have been discharged for charges u/s 151, 107 and u/s 116.

Background of the Case:-

In the instant case, the accused were arrested by the Maan police under the charges mentioned above on their way to Hathras.

Initially, the police had arrested them under apprehension for causing the breach of peace, and they were produced before the sub-divisional magistrate who sent them to judicial custody.

After that, the accused were booked under the UAPA, and it was alleged that they were trying to incite communal riots and disrupt the social harmony of the area in the wake of the Hathras rape case.

The accused had been in judicial custody since April 2021 and are charge-sheeted by the UP Police’s STF in Court for charges of criminal conspiracy, sedition and funding of terror activities, amongst other offences.

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While in judicial custody, the court heard the case for breach of peace and issued notice u/s 111 of CrPC. After that, a notice was served to the accused in jail asking why they should not be asked to submit a personal bond of Rs One Lakh each and sureties from two guarantors.

The accused denied the charges, and since the police were unable to finish the inquiry in the prescribed six months, the court discharged all the accused on technical grounds.

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