New Delhi: Chhattisgarh government on Wednesday
opposed the petition of rights activist Binayak Sen in the
Supreme Court seeking bail and stay on his life term for his
links with Maoists saying he was involved in providing safe
hideouts and logistic support to hardcore Naxalites.
"He (Sen) provides active support and co-ordinates in
spreading the base of CPI (Maoist) in the country. Apart from
providing logistic support, he exchanges information and
material directly and indirectly with the Naxalites in the
area of Chhattisgarh, Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra,
Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa and propagates Naxal ideology,"
the affidavit filed by the state government said.
Chhattisgarh government filed its affidavit through
advocate Atul Jha in response to the notice issued to it on
March 11 by the court on the petition by Sen challenging the
rejection of his bail by the High Court on February 10.
It alleged Sen, 61, was helping the Naxalites in
building urban network and sympathizers and visited the
co-accused Naryan Sanyal 33 times in the jail.
A professional doctor, who studied in Christian Medical
College (CMC), Vellore, Sen has sought bail contending the
trial court has erred in convicting him as there was no
substantial evidence against him.
Sen, Vice President of People`s Union of Civil
Liberties, was convicted for sedition and sentenced to life
imprisonment along with Naxal ideologue Narayan Sanyal and
Kolkata businessman Piyush Guha for colluding with Naxals to
establish a network to fight the state.
Human rights and social activists have described Sen`s
conviction and sentence as "politically motivated."
The state government in its affidavit said though Sen is
a doctor, during the search of his house, neither any medical
equipment was found nor any medical books, medicines,
stethoscope, drugs, patient admission book, prescription book,
patient discharge book.
"Medical degree of Sen is a just a cover for him to
perpetuate the Naxal activities. Under the garb of being a
doctor and on the pretext of treatment, he is basically
providing help to hardcore Naxalites and its cadre," the
"It is submitted the petitioner is a paediatrician
(child specialist). What treatment was the paediatrician
petitioner advising to geriatrician co-accused Narayan Sanyal
in his 33 visits to jail is open secret It is submitted that
the petitioner has not met any prisoner at the Central Jail,
"Similarly, the petitioner has not met with any other
undertrial prisoner in Central Jail, Bilaspur, apart from the
Naxalite leader," the affidavit said while giving the list of
33 visits made by Sen in Raipur Central Jail.