Lucknow University’s former acting vice-chancellor Roop Rekha Verma, 79, has agreed to grant bail for Kerala-based journalist Siddiqui Kappan, who was granted bail by the Supreme Court in the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) case.
Ten days after the Supreme Court granted bail to the journalist, no person from Uttar Pradesh had so far come forward for bail for the journalist from Kerala.
Prof Verma said: “I am not completely aware of the details of Kappan’s case, but it looks that opening mouth is a serious crime. He was heading to cover a crime incident in Hathras, but the scribe is arrested and suddenly serious offences Acts and sections such as UAPA, money laundering are slapped on him. Further, he becomes suspected of having links with notorious outfits.
She further added “Such back-to-back developments to tighten the noose create doubts in citizens like me, and it seems that action against Kappan is motivated. “I may be proven wrong if Kappan is indeed found guilty by court, but still at this moment, his right to bail cannot be suppressed.”
Who is Roop Rekha Verma
Roop Rekha Verma, Ph.D formerly Roop Rekha Verma, former Vice Chancellor of Lucknow University, taught there from 1964 to 2003. She is a prolific writer and has published more than four dozen research articles in various books and magazines, in India and abroad.
Her publications include Philosophy by P.F. Strawson co-edited with Pranab Kumar Sen, published by ICPR in 1995. Her scholarly interests include the pursuit of Philosophical Logic and Epistemology, Social Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, and Metaphysics.
She has served on various academic committees including Aligarh Muslim University, Mahila Samakhya Bhatkhande University of Music and UP Social Welfare Board. Prof. Roop Rekha Verma also founded the Institute for Women’s Studies at Lucknow University. She is also a grassroots activist working for justice for survivors of violence against women and community violence. She was awarded the Begum Hazrat Mahal Award for Community Harmony and the Life Time Achievement Award in 2006.
She has been nominated by the Government of India as member of the executive council of Aligarh Muslim University, Mahila Samakhya and in the academic committees of NCERT, Bhatkhande Music University and UP Social Welfare Board. She has also held senior advisory positions as Honorary Advisor, ICPR and UGC Philosophy Panel Member, three times.
Verma was also selected as a national professor for the University Scholarship Commission. She established the Institute for Women’s Studies at Lucknow University and remained its Director from its inception in 1997 until 2005.
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