SC notice to Chattisgarh on Binayak bail plea

IBN-CNN, New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the Chhattisgarh government on a petition by human rights activist Binayak Sen seeking bail after he was awarded life imprisonment by the trial court.


An apex court bench of Justice H.S. Bedi and Justice CK Prasad issued notice after counsel appearing for Sen mentioned the matter in the court. The notice is returnable in four weeks.


Sen was sentenced to life imprisonment by a trial court on charges of sedition and links with Naxalites.


He has moved the Supreme Court after the Chhattisgarh High Court had rejected his bail plea and upheld the order of the trial court early this February.


Sen has sought bail contending that the trial court has erred in convicting him when there was no substantial evidence.


In the petition prepared by senior advocate Ram Jethmalani it has been submitted that Sen has already spent two years in jail after his arrest and he should now be allowed to come out on bail.


Sen was convicted for sedition and sentenced to life imprisonment along with Naxal ideologue Narayan Sanyal and Kolkata businessman Piyush Guha for colluding with Naxals to establish a network to fight the state. (With IANS inputs)

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