Binayak Sen’s family ecstatic over dropping of sedition charges

April 15th, 2011 - 4:55 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Apr 15 (ANI): Binayak Sen’s family, including his wife Illina Sen and mother Anusuya Sen were elated on Friday after the Supreme Court verdict, which granted bail to the civil rights activist, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of sedition and for having links with Naxalites.

Talking to reporters, Illina said she felt extremely relieved at the developments in the apex court.

“I was holding my breath till the honourable court delivered its judgment and granted bail to my husband. The last four months have been very tense. The judgment by the trial court was unfortunate,” she added.

She also thanked one of the judges who commented that ‘finding works of Gandhiji with someone does not make the person a Gandhian.

Refusing to comment on the legal implications as the case is still under sub-judice, Ilena said: “We would have to rush to Raipur and try to get him out of jail.”

Welcoming the judgment, his mother Anasuya said: “I am so relieved. A son will come home and you can imagine how a mother feels when her son comes home. I am so happy”.

“My son should be as free as an ordinary man. All the cases against him should be squashed as soon as possible so that he is totally free and can go to any place in the world. He cannot be Gandhi but he is a Gandhian and believes in non-violence. From his childhood days, he always hated violence,” she added.

Earlier in the day, a bench comprising Justices H S Bedi and C K Prasad observed that there was no evidence against Sen and that “no case of sedition is made out.

“We are a democratic country. He may be a sympathiser (of Naxalites) but it did not make him guilty of sedition. He is a sympathiser. Nothing beyond that,” the bench further added.

Sen, 61, had challenged a Chhattisgarh High Court order that rejected his bail plea on February 10.

He sought bail contending that the trial court had erred in convicting him without substantial evidence.

Binayak 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. Binayak Sen is a recipient of Jonathan Mann Award in 2008 while still in prison. (ANI)

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