Lucknow court rejects Siddique Kappan's bail plea in PMLA case

  • Salil Tiwari
  • 06:48 PM, 31 Oct 2022

Read Time: 03 minutes


Kappan was arrested by the UP Police while he was en route to Hathras in 2020. Allegedly, with the aid of now banned outfit PFI, Kappan intended to incite riots at Hathras.

A local court in Lucknow on Monday rejected the bail application filed by Siddique Kappan in the case registered against him under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

District Judge Sanjay Shankar Pandey had reserved the judgment in Kappan's application earlier this month. By virtue of this order, Kappan will remain in jail despite having been allowed bail by the Supreme Court on September 9, 2022 in other matters. 

Kappan was detained by the Uttar Pradesh Police on October 5, 2020 in connection with the Hathras conspiracy case. Kappan was booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and later under the PMLA. 

Allegedly Kappan sought to incite riots on way to the Hathras gangrape site under the garb of journalism. Allegations are that he had close links with the banned outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) which wanted to disturb the local harmony. 

During the investigation, it was also found that allegedly Kappan received Rs. 45,000 in his account in September – October 2020 deposited by PFI members in furtherance of the conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts at Hathras, UP. 

In the case under the provisions of UAPA,IPC and IT Act, Kappan was denied bail by the Allahabad High Court, against which he moved the top court. 

Denying bail to Kappan, the high court had noted that "the use of tainted money by Kappan and his colleagues could not be ruled out". However, a Supreme Court bench comprising the then Chief Justice of India UU Lalit, Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice PS Narasimha granted bail to Kappan in the conspiracy case.