SC allows journalist Siddique Kappan to talk to his mother via video conferencingJanuary 22, 2021 14:04
The Supreme Court on Friday said it will allow journalist Siddique Kappan, who was detained on October 5 while he was en route to Hathras in Uttar Pradesh, to talk to his ailing mother via video conferencing.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said it will allow the plea of Kappan to have chat with his mother through video conferencing after senior advocate Kapil Sibal said an application has been filed in this connection.
Sibal, appearing for the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) told the Bench that Kappan's mother wants to have a video conferencing with the journalist, who is lodged in Uttar Pradesh jail.Sibal said the mother of Kappan was mostly unconscious and wants to see her son whenever she regains consciousness.
"Please allow her to talk to him through video conferencing so that she can see her son while she lives. We have filed an application. Court says it can be allowed subject to jail rules but jail rules do not allow video conferencing. Please allow us," Sibal submitted.
The Bench said it will allow the request. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the Uttar Pradesh asked court to leave it to him.The Bench then adjourned the matter to next week on a request by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.