NEW DELHI (AFP) – An Indian journalist held in custody for more than two years without trial walked free yesterday after being granted bail in a money laundering case.
Siddique Kappan was arrested in October 2020 in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where he had travelled to report on a high-profile gang rape case.
He and three others were accused of belonging to an extremist fundamentalist group and eventually charged with conspiracy to incite violence.
Kappan has maintained his innocence and has said that he had only travelled from his home state of Kerala to do his duties as a journalist.
He was bailed in the case in September last year but remained behind bars for months longer because of a separate money laundering case against him.
“I will continue my fight against draconian laws. They kept me in jail even after I got bail,” he told NDTV news network after his release from jail in the city of Lucknow.