A Mathura court on Friday rejected the bail plea of three persons, who were booked on charges of sedition and terrorism along with Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan.
Dismissing the bail plea, Additional District Judge Mayur Jain said the charges against the accused were serious, and cannot be given bail at the point when the investigation is underway.
The accused are Atiqur Rahman, Aalam and Masood. Kappan, on the other hand, has not moved any court for bail till now.
District prosecution counsel Shiv Ram Singh said the bail application of the trio was rejected after hearing arguments of both the sides - prosecution and defence for four days, reported The News Minute.
Siddique Kappan worked for Azhimukham news portal as its Delhi Correspondent. He along with four others were arrested on October 5, on their way to the village in Hathras to meet the family of an alleged gang-rape and murder victim, under section 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code 'on suspicion of their intention to commit some cognisable offence.'
The Police alleged that the men made attempts to incite riots, caste-based violence, disturb the peace and mobilise donations illegally through a website they operated.
According to a media report, the website contained the information about the date, time and location of protests over the Hathras incident, and also listed how one can avoid detention, prepare demonstrations etc.
The UP Police' Special Task Force had also alleged the four of having links with Campus Front of India (CFI) and Popular front of India (PFI). However, Kappan's family denied him having any such links. PFI has often been referred to as a reincarnation of banned militant outfit Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).
All of them have been charged under the stringent anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and sedition. Besides, an FIR was also lodged against them in the Mant police station, under sections 124A (sedition), 153A (for promoting enmity between groups) and 295A (outraging religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code, sections 14 and 17 of UAPA, sections 65, 72 and 76 of the Information Technology Act.