I am not a traitor: Binayak Sen

April 18th, 2011 - 10:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, April 18 (IANS) Human rights activist Binayak Sen, who walked out of jail here Monday, said he was not a traitor and, following grant of bail by the Supreme Court, the sedition charges against him should be dropped.

Sen, whose life sentence on charges of sedition and links with Maoists triggered a widespread outcry, walked out of his jail cell three days after the Supreme Court granted him bail, saying that he was at best a Maoist sympathiser.

“I know in my heart that I have never betrayed my countrymen. I never accepted that charge of traitor in my heart. After the apex court order, the whole question of sedition should be taken off the panel,” Sen told reporters here.

He also welcomed Law Minister M. Veerrappa Moily’s statement that he will refer sections of the law dealing with sedition to the Law Commission for a relook.

Thanking the people for their support, Sen said: “Many people like me are facing similar ordeal in the state.”

Sen said he will continue in his human rights work in Chhattisgarh and rest of the country.

He also called for immediate closing of the government-organised anti-Maoist group Salwa Judum in Chhattisgarh.

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