Bengal Left hails Sen’s bail

April 15th, 2011 - 11:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, April 15 (IANS) The Left parties Friday hailed the Supreme Court’s decision to grant bail to human rights activist Binayak Sen and termed the life imprisonment awarded to him by the Chattishgarh High Court a “miscarriage of justice”.

“We are glad that Sen has been granted bail. The earlier judgment was miscarriage of justice. But we are glad that Sen has been granted bail,” Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury said.

The Supreme Court Friday granted bail to rights activist and doctor Binayak Sen, who was undergoing life imprisonment in a Chhattisgarh jail on charges of sedition and links with Maoists.

“I am very happy. It was a necessary to give him bail and so he has been given a bail,” said A.B. Bardhan, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI)

No case for sedition was made out against Sen, the apex court bench of Justice H.S. Bedi and Justice C.K. Prasad said while making a scathing observation that a person does not become a Gandhian just because he is found with a biography of Mahatma Gandhi.

The bench said the bail would be subject to the satisfaction of the trial court. The court ridiculed the state’s submission that Sen was actively involved in spreading disharmony and disaffection against the state.

Sen, 61, now lodged in a jail in the Chhattisgarh capital Raipur, challenged the Feb 10 order of the Chhattisgarh High Court rejecting his bail plea.

He was sentenced by the trial court Dec 24, 2010, for sedition. He was also accused of acting as a courier between Maoist ideologue Narayan Sanyal and Kolkata-based businessman Piyush Guha, both of whom have also been jailed for life.

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