Popular Front welcomes SC order to shift Kappan to Delhi, strongly condemns the lies of the solicitor general

Siddique Kappan

By Special Correspondent

New Delhi :  Welcoming  the  Supreme Court order to shift Malayali journalist Siddique Kappan to Delhi from Mathura,  social organization Popular Front of India on Wednesday took strong exception   to the  Solicitor General Tushar Mehta  reference of Popular Front during hearing  alleging that  he  tried to mislead the court with “blatant lies and baseless allegations” against Popular Front.  Today the Supreme Court directed the Uttar Pradesh government  to shift Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan from the Mathura jail to a government hospital in Delhi for medical treatment. Kappan has to be given treatment either in AIIMS or Ram Lohia hospital or any other government hospital in Delhi.

Popular Front of India Chairman, O M A Salam, in a statement, has welcomed the SC order  on  Kappan and appreciated leaders, activists and civil society for their support for justice. The order is a temporary relief to all citizens and groups of conscience who raised their voice for justice for Siddique Kappan and other innocents incarcerated in the case.

He said the SC order has exposed   the UP government and it has become all the clearer that the entire case was part of a political vendetta to cover up the failure of Yogi after the gruesome rape-murder of a Dalit girl.

Front chairman Salam said Popular Front condemns the false claims of the Solicitor General and the malicious attempts he made to mislead the court accusing him of  misleading  the court with “blatant lies and baseless allegations” against  the organization.

“Mehta tried to create the impression that being linked to Popular Front, which is a lawfully and democratically working organization, itself constituted a crime, ” he added.

“The SG shamelessly claimed that Popular Front was an organization banned in a few states, which was an outright lie. Only the Jharkhand BJP government banned Popular Front in a highly undemocratic and authoritarian move, which was once lifted by the high court before it was reimposed”.

 Front chairman exude confidence that “when the matter comes to hearing before the HC the ban order in Jharkhand will once again be revoked as it is based on baseless imaginations.

 He also  stated that  Kappan and the student leaders arrested were scapegoats in the false narrative created by UP police. Justice will not be complete until all the innocents come out of jail.

The Popular Front appreciates civil rights organization, journalist organization, political leaders, community leaders, activists and general public for standing up for justice. We appeal to all to remain steadfast until justice is complete.


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