Binayak cannot leave the country without permission

April 18th, 2011 - 9:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, April 18 (IANS) Rights activist Binayak Sen, who walked out of jail here Monday after the Supreme Court granted him bail in a case of sedition and being a Maoist, was told by the Raipur sessions court that he could not leave the country without its permission.

He was also asked to surrender his passport and ordered to furnish a bond and surety of Rs.50,000 each.

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

Sen challenged the Feb 10 order of the high court, which rejected his bail plea.

On April 15, the Supreme Court backed him and said in a scathing observation that a person does not become a Gandhian just because he is found with a biography of Mahatma Gandhi.

“We are in a democratic country. At best, he (Binayak Sen) is a sympathiser. There are many sympathisers of a cause,” the apex court bench of Justices Harjit Singh Bedi and Chandramauli Kumar Prasad then said.

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