Habeas corpus petition field in Supreme court

On Tuesday a habeas corpus petition has been filed in the Supreme court by The Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) against the arrest of Kerala journalist, Sidhique Kappan, by the UP Police while he was proceeding to cover the Hathras incident of rape and murder of a woman. Kappan, along with three other journalists, Atiq-ur Rehman, Masood Ahmed and Alam, were detained by the UP police at Hathras toll plaza.

The petition contends that the arrest of journalist is a violation of the mandatory guidelines laid down in the decision D K Basu vs State of West Bengal, and was made with the sole intention of obstructing the discharge of duty by a journalist.

According to the police statement, Their mobile phones, a laptop and some literature have been seized which could have an impact on peace, and law and order in the state.

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