Supreme Court to hear Binayak Sen’s bail plea

New Delhi, Mar 11 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): The Supreme Court on Friday is expected to heard the bail plea of human rights activist and physician Binayak Sen, jailed for his alleged Maoist links but hailed by many as a person working tirelessly for the down-trodden.
On Feb 10, the Chhattisgarh High Court had struck down the plea following which Sen’s counsel and family had said they will move to the apex court.
“I am very disappointed. There is no basis for jailing him on sedition charges, none of the protocol was followed. I am sad but we will fight it out,” his wife Elina Sen had said.
“We will move Supreme Court with a special leave petition,” she said.
“I hope there is justice at the end of tunnel. Else we will be one of the many in India living without justice,” she said.
Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani is appearing on behalf of Sen. The bail plea has been sought on grounds that the trial court convicted him erroneously despite no substantial evidence.
The petition also says that Sen has already spent two years in prison after his arrest and should be granted bail while his appeal is pending at the High Court.
Sen’s trial is closely monitored by human rights activists the world over while a delegation of the European Union also came to India to see the judicial process.
Forty Nobel laureates from 12 countries earlier appealed for Binayak Sen’s release.
The Nobel laureates, including Ventkatraman Ramakrishnan, have written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, appealing for Sen’s release and called Sen an ‘exceptional, courageous and selfless colleague, dedicated to helping those in India who are least able to help themselves.”
Sen, who was sentenced for sedition by a Sessions court in Raipur on Dec 24. His family had moved the Chhattisgarh High Court against the life sentence.
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.

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