Binayak Sen’s bail plea: High court reserves order (Lead)

February 9th, 2011 - 7:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh), Feb 9 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh High Court Wednesday reserved its order on the bail plea of rights activist Binayak Sen even as the state government opposed it on the grounds of his links with the Maoists.Sen is at present lodged in a jail in Raipur after he was sentenced to life term by a trial court in Raipur Dec 24 for sedition and for his links with Maoist ideologue Narayan Sanyal.

Additional Advocate General Kishore Bhaduri, representing the Chhattisgarh government, told the division bench of Justice T.P. Sharma and Justice R.L. Jhanwar that Sen had strong links with the Maoists.

He said the seized documents and other evidence were sufficient for “not suspending the sentence awarded to him by the trial court”.

The high court reserved its order after Bhaduri concluded his arguments by saying that “there are enough evidence for not suspending the trial court verdict”.

The trial court verdict that sent Sen, 60, to life term was widely slammed by human right activists in India and abroad, who say he was victimised by the Chhattisgarh government for highlighting human rights abuse.

The high court is based about 110 km from state capital Raipur.

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