Kannur University permits Alan, held under UAPA, to attend LLB exams


Alan had approached the court requesting permission to attend the second semester LLB exam on February 18.

Alan Shuhaib

Kannur: Alan Shuhaib who was arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for alleged connection with Maoists, has been permitted to attend LLB exams by the Kannur University. Kerala High Court had earlier said that he has the right to attend the exams and had directed the university to file their reply on the completion of the procedure.

Alan had approached the court requesting permission to attend the second semester LLB exam on February 18.

“There is a ban on attending the third semester exams but need permission to attend second semester exam. As a student, please grant me permission to attend the exam,” he said in the petition.

Alan was arrested along with another accused Thaha Fasal under the UAPA in Kozhikode last November. The NIA, which took over the case, has filed a custody appeal in the special NIA court in Kochi seeking further interrogation of the accused.

"We are not Maoists. We are CPM activists. The Chief Minister, who says we are Maoists, should bring proof as to who we killed and where did we place bombs. In the last election, we have served as CPM booth agents. We are the ones who went out to vote and pasted posters for CPM,'' they had earlier said in court.

They were charged under Sections 20 (punishment for being a member of terrorist gang or organisation), 38 (offence relating to membership of a terrorist organisation) and 39 (offence relating to support given to a terrorist organisation) of the UAPA.

Alan and Thaha, students of law and journalism respectively at Kannur University, were taken into custody by police from Pantheerankavu in Kozhikode on November 1.

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