Supreme Court issues notice to Chhattisgarh Govt. on Sen bail plea

March 11th, 2011 - 2:27 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Mar 11 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the Chhattisgarh Government on the bail plea of civil rights activist Dr. Binayak Sen, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of sedition and links with Naxalites.

A bench of Justices H.S. Bedi and C.K. Prasad asked the Chhattisgarh Government to explain why bail shouldn’t be granted to Dr Sen.

The court also asked state government to file its response within four weeks

The bench passed the order despite counsel for Dr. Sen seeking an adjournment of the matter till Monday.

Dr. Sen (61) has challenged the Chhattisgarh High Court’s order that rejected his bail plea on February 10.

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

The petition prepared by senior advocate Ram Jethmalani said Dr Sen had already spent two years in jail after his arrest, and should be allowed bail during the pendency of his appeal in the High Court.

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 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. (ANI)

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