Jailed Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan’s mother passes away at 90

By P S Gopikrishnan Unnithan / India Today

Khadeeja Kutty, the mother of jailed Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan, passed away at the age of 90 in Malappuram on Friday. She was reportedly under treatment for age-related illness for a few months now.

Kappan and his alleged associates, who were suspected to be linked to the radical group Popular Front of India (PFI), were arrested on October 5 last year when they were on their way to the Hathras village after the gangrape-murder of a girl.

Kappan and the three others suspected to be linked to PFI were booked on charges of breach of peace.

Earlier this week, a Mathura court dropped proceedings on the charges related to apprehension of breach of peace against Kappan and three others as the police failed to complete the inquiry against them within the prescribed period of six months, the defence counsel said.

Sub Divisional Magistrate, Maant, Ram Datt Ram, on June 15 discharged accused Atikurrahman, Aalam, journalist Siddique Kappan and Masood arrested under sections 151, 107, 116 CrPC on October 5, 2020 by Maan police, defence counsel Madhuban Datt Chaturvedi said.

As the limitation for completing proceedings under section 116 (6) CrPC has expired, the proceedings against the four accused are dropped, the order of the magistrate said.

The accused are in jail since October 7 last year in another case under sections 153A (promoting enmity between groups…), 295A (outraging religious feelings), 124A (sedition), 120B (conspiracy) of IPC, 17/18 of UAPA (raising funds for terrorist act) and under the IT Act.

This article first appeared on