Source : Indlaw
The Supreme Court today granted bail to civil rights activist Binayak Sen who is serving life imprisonment on the charges of sedition and for having close links with Naxalites in Chhattisgarh.
A bench comprising Justices Harjit Singh Bedi and C K Prasad ordered the release of Dr Sen on bail after hearing his counsel Ram Jethmalani who contended that the sentence awarded to Dr Sen is too harsh and he should be granted bail in view of the pendency of his appeal against the conviction before the Chhattisgarh High Court.
Mr Jethmalani submitted that there was no evidence to show the links of the petitioner with Naxalites as he is opposed to all types of violence both by private organisation or individual as well as by the state.
The apex court while granting the bail noted, 'No case of sedition is made out against the petitioner and the evidence is baseless. Possession of Maoist literature doesn't amount to his involvement in Maoists activities as there are so many other sympathisers of Maoists like Dr Binayak Sen.' Dr Sen approached the apex court against the High Court order which had rejected his bail application.