[Hathras Conspiracy] Allahabad HC grants bail to Siddique Kappan's aide Atiq-Ur-Rehman in ED case

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Allegedly, Siddique Kappan, Rehman, and others sought to incite riots on their way to the Hathras gangrape site under the garb of journalism. Allegations are that they had received funds from now banned outfit PFI.

The Allahabad High Court today granted bail to Atiq Ur Rahman in the case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) pertaining to Hathras conspiracy. 

Rahman was arrested along with UAPA accused Siddique Kappan and two others on 5 October 2020 en route to Hathras, Uttar Pradesh. Allegedly, the accused were going to meet the family of the victim of the alleged rape and murder case with the intention to cause disturbance in the area. 

Rahman was granted bail in the UAPA case on March 15, 2023, but he remained in jail due to the ED case.

It is to be noted that the Lucknow Bench of the high court, on December 23, 2022, allowed bail to Siddique Kappan in the ED's case registered against him under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The allegations against Kappan and his aides are that under the garb of journalism, they intended to incite riots in the state and they were being funded by banned outfits like Popular Front of India (PFI) and others. 

Before the high court, the ED had submitted in Kappan's matter that 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.

It is noteworthy that when the high court had denied bail to Kappan in the UAPA case, it had observed that the use of tainted money by Kappan and his colleagues could not be ruled out. 

However, later on, Kappan got bail in both the matters- the UAPA and the PMLA case.