Binayak Sen bail plea to come up in Supreme Court

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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New Delhi, Mar 11: Civil rights activist Dr Binayak Sen's bail petition is expected to be brought up for hearing in the Supreme Court of India. Dr Sen was sentenced for life by the Chattisgarh High court on charges of sedition and links with Naxalites.

He is expected to seek bail on the grounds that the trial court made an error in proclaiming him guilty in the absence of any substantial evidence.

Raipur sessions court, had on Dec 24, 2010 sentenced Dr Sen to life-imprisonment for sedition. The state opposed his bail on the ground of his nexus with Maoists and later the Chattisgarh high court, rejected the bail plea.

Dr Sen's family and friends have vociferously protested the trial court's verdict and his wife had then said, "My faith has been shaken. This was not a case at all. The charges like waging war against the state and sedition and all that should not have been framed in the first place, but they got framed and then we had a facade of a trial which continued for two years."

Criticising the verdict, she even went to the extent of saying, "If this is not a kangaroo court, then what is a kangaroo court?"

Dr Binayak Sen is currently serving his sentence at a central jail in the capital of Chattisgarh.

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