Binayak Sen walks out of jail

May 26th, 2009 - 8:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, May 26 (IANS) A day after the Supreme Court granted him bail, human rights activist Binayak Sen walked out of Raipur central jail here Tuesday evening with his wife, Ilina Sen, by his side amid jubilation and victory slogans by dozens of rights activists.
Sen asserted that violence by both the security forces as well as the Maoists was no solution to the problem and he would continue his struggle by peaceful means.

He was released after depositing Rs.100,000 in court as a personal bond as decided by the local court where the order copy of the apex court was presented.

An award-winning paediatrician and a civil rights activist, Sen, 59, was jailed May 14, 2007 for his alleged links with Maoist guerrillas, a charge he, his family and activist friends vehemently deny.

The national vice-president of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), he was held at Bilaspur town May 14, 2007 under the stringent Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act and lodged at the Raipur central jail.

A relieved-looking Ilina Sen, her two daughters and other family members besides dozens of activists including Rajendra K. Sail, president of the Chhattisgarh PUCL and representatives of various non-government organizations hugged Sen when he came out of the jail.

“This is one of the happiest days of my life, my personal ordeal is over. The decision to grant bail to Sen has bolstered the faith of people in the judiciary and the country’s system,” Ilina Sen told reporters.

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