New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday permitted the advocate of Kerala Journalist Siddique Kappan to meet him in jail. Siddique has been lodged in a jail in Uttar Pradesh under the UAPA act.
A bench of the Apex court headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde observed that there is no objection to an advocate meeting the accused journalist to get his signature for the vakalatnama to facilitate his bail application.
“There is no objection to an advocate approaching to accused for signature or vakalatnama,” the bench observed.
Referring to media reports that the Apex court had asked the journalist to approach the High Court, the Chief Justice observed that they had never asked the accused to approach the High Court.
The bench also comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramaswamy adjourned the matter for a week.
It may be mentioned here that the journalist was arrested by the police while he was on his way to Hathras to cover the alleged rape and murder of a woman there.