Binayak Sen’s trial: A timeline
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Last Updated: Friday, December 24, 2010, 23:51
New Delhi: Over three years after Binayak Sen was first arrested on charges of sedition, he was today sentenced to life imprisonment along with Naxal ideologue Narayan Sanyal and businessman Piyush Guha for colluding with Maoists to establish a network to fight the state.

Following is the chronology of events.

January 2006: Narayan Sanyal arrested in Bhadrachalam in Andhra Pradesh's Khammam district.

May 6, 2007: Piyush Guha arrested by Raipur police.

May 14, 2007: Binayak Sen arrested in Bilaspur town, Chhattisgarh, under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Chhattisgarh Special Security Act for allegedly acting as a courier between Sanyal, who was in jail, and Guha, who was accused of having links with Maoists.

May 15, 2007: Sen presented before a local court where he is denied bail and remanded in judicial custody.

May 18, 2007: Sen is produced in the Sessions Court, Raipur; Court orders a search of Sen's house in Raipur in presence of independent witnesses and his wife, Ilina Sen. The search is conducted the next day.

May 22, 2007: Sen, Guha presented before the Sessions Court in Raipur. The Court extends Sen's judicial remand till June 5 and orders for the search of his computers and other documents in the presence of his advocate and independent court-appointed witness.

May 25, 2007: Sen's bail plea rejected again as Chhattisgarh Police allege he is a threat to the state's security.

June 4, 2007: Sen named as accused in the October 2005 bomb blast case in Thana Bundwan in West Bengal's Purulia district.

July 23, 2007: Chhattisgarh High Court at Bilaspur rejects Sen's bail plea. Police claim they got incriminating evidence against him from his computer's hard disc.

August 3, 2007: Chhattisgarh Police file charge-sheets against Sen under Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Satyabhama Dubey.

December 10, 2007: The Supreme Court dismisses Sen's bail petition.

March 15 to April 11, 2008: Sen kept in solitary confinement. Prison authorities claimed it was for his security.

On April 21, 2008: Sen awarded Jonathan Mann Award by the Global Health Council.

April 30, 2008: Sen's trial commences in a trial court in Raipur.

May 25, 2009: The Supreme Court grants bail to Sen on grounds of deteriorating health.

Dec 24, 2010: Additional District and Sessions Judge of Raipur Justice B P Verma finds Sen, Sanyal and Guha guilty under sections 124 A (sedition) and 120 B (conspiracy) of IPC and provisions of Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act and Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act. They are sentenced to life imprisonment.


First Published: Friday, December 24, 2010, 23:51

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