Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Supreme Court denies bail to Naxal supporter Binayak Sen

NDTV Correspondent
Monday, December 10, 2007 (New Delhi)

The Supreme Court has refused bail to Dr Binayak Sen, a senior civil rights activist whose been working in Chattisgarh for several years.

Dr Sen is an office bearer of the People's Union for Civil Liberties; he's been fighting to defend the rights of the tribals in the state.

It was a cruel shock for Ilina Sen, on World Human Rights Day. Her husband, human rights activist Binayak Sen's bail plea was dismissed by the Supreme Court.

Binayak Sen, whose had been working in Chhasttigarh for years have been in jail for the past 7 months, has been accused of helping the Naxals.

He was arrested under the draconian Chhattisgarh Public Security Act and Unlawful Activities Prevention act because he opposed the government's Salva Judum movement, which uses locals to target Naxals.

''I am shocked and disappointed at the decision. It is a message that no one can speak on behalf of human rights, criticize the government, this is worrying,'' said Ilina Sen, Binayak Sen's wife.

Human rights activists in Raipur protested against the Supreme Court's decision saying it violated Sen's right to pursue justice.

''This is injustice. Bail is the right of an individual,'' said Rajendra Sayal, PUCL, Chhattisgarh.

The state home minister however seemed relieved after the court's decision, since the government has been accused of having little evidence to hold Sen under such a stringent act.

Sen will now have to wait in jail for his trial to begin

Supreme Court rejects PUCL activist Binayak Sen's petition
From our ANI Correspondent

New Delhi, Dec 10: The Supreme Court today rejected the bail petition of the Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) activist Binayak Sen, who has been under arrest since May 2007.

On 14 May 2007, Sen was arrested for aiding and abetting Naxal activity in Chhattisgarh under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act.

Dismissing the bail petition, a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhan said: "It did not agree with the grounds raised by Sen for enlarging him on bail."

The police claimed that they had recovered letters in possession of one Piyush Guha that established that he was acting as a courier for the Naxalite movement.

Dr. Sen had filed a bail petition in the apex court after the same were turned down by first by the Sessions Court and later by the High Court of Chhattisgarh at Bilaspur.

A medical practioner by profession, Dr. Binayak Sen is also the Vice-President of the Chhattisgarh unit of the Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL).

Copyright Asian News International

SC dismisses bail plea of PUCL activist held for naxal links

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the bail petition of medical practitioner and PUCL activist Binayak Sen arrested by Chhattisgarh police for allegedly abetting naxal activities in the state.

A Bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhan and D K Jain refused to accept Sen's plea, at this stage, that he was only an activist of Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and was in no way connected with the banned outfit CPI-ML.

"Sorry, we do not agree with you," the Bench told Sen's counsel Rajeev Dhavan, while dismissing his petition.

Dhavan earlier pleaded that there was no evidence to suggest that he was involved in naxal activities. Disagreeing with his submission, the Bench said "You are emphasising too much on PUCL. This does not mean that you are immune". "This also does not mean your are not associated with banned activities," the Bench observed.
Sen has contended that he was arrested on fabricated charges of alleged links with naxalites.
The activist, who is the the vice president of the PUCL, Chattisgarh unit, was arrested on May 14 by the local police for allegedly acting as a courier for the naxalites. The PUCL leader has been charged under various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Chattisgarh Special Public Security Act.

'A section of people were carrying demonstration in various parts of the country since Sen was arrested in May. But we know how strong association he had with the Maoists and have documentary evidences which will soon be brought up before the special court at Raipur where a chargesheet has already been filed against him before a chief judicial magistrate,' a senior police official told IANS.

Police say Sen met 70-year-old Sanyal, 33 times in Raipur jail though all the visits were with prior police permission.

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