Raipur, Feb 9 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Forty Nobel laureates from 12 countries have appealed for social rights activist Binayak Sen’s release even as the bail plea moved by the physician, convicted for links with Maoists, is likely to come up for hearing on Wednesday.
A group of 40 Nobel laureates, including Ventkatraman Ramakrishnan, has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, appealing for Sen’s release.
Referring to Sen as ‘exceptional, courageous and selfless colleague, dedicated to helping those in India who are least able to help themselves’, they have urged for Sen’s release.
Sen, who was sentenced for sedition by a Sessions court in Raipur on Dec 24, has moved the Chhattisgarh High Court against the life sentence.
Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani is appearing on behalf of Sen.
Sen, who was arrested in May 2007 from Bilaspur, was detained for two years, and released on bail in May 2009.
In 2008, he was awarded the Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights by the Global Health Council.