SC grants bail to Binayak Sen, drops sedition charges against him

SC grants bail to Binayak Sen, drops sedition charges against him

Source- Times of India

The Supreme Court on 15th Apri 2011 granted bail to civil rights activist Binayak Sen, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of sedition and for having links with Naxalites.

The apex court said that the evidence on record proves no sedition case against Sen. At the worst he could be termed active sympathizer of Naxals.

The court also observed that mere possession of Naxal literature does not make a person a Naxalite, guilty of sedition, as one who possesses Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography can not call himself a Gandhian.

Granting bail to the civil rights activist, the apex court said that the trial court would impose condition of bail while ordering jail authorities to release Binayak Sen.

Sen, 61, had challenged a Chhattisgarh high court order that rejected his bail plea on February 10. He had sought bail contending that the trial court had erred in convicting him without substantial evidence.

Sen had filed a petition in the Chhattisgarh high court on January 6, challenging a district and sessions court order that had convicted him on various charges, including sedition, and had sentenced him to life imprisonment.

A Raipur sessions court had on December 24 last year held Sen and three other people guilty of treason and for waging war against the state. He was also found guilty of sedition.

Sen was arrested in Chhattisgarh in 2007 and was granted bail two years later. He was honoured with Jonathan Mann Award in 2008 while still in prison.