Slain IPS officer`s wife opposes bail for Binayak Sen in HC
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 22:26
Bilaspur: The wife of an IPS officer, who was killed in an encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh, on Tuesday filed a petition in the state High Court seeking denial of bail to rights activist Binayak Sen during hearing of his case challenging life imprisonment for sedition.

Ranjana, wife of the slain Rajnandgaon Superintendent of Police Vinod Kumar Choubey, submitted in her intervention petition that her husband was killed while fighting Naxals and that if 61-year-old along with another convict Piyush Guha was granted bail, it could lead to more such attacks.

A division bench comprising justices T P Sharma and R L Jhanwar observed that Ranjana could put forward her contention through the prosecution. Later, hearing on Sen's case was adjourned till February nine.

The hearing in the case was witnessed by eight European Union observers who were allowed by the High Court yesterday to attend the proceedings.

Appearing for Sen, a PUCL activist, for the second day, his lawyers Mahendra Dubey and Surendra Singh told the court that the evidence produced by the prosecution against his client in the trial court was based on hearsay and that such material could not be entertained under law.

They contended that Sen's meetings with his co-convict and Naxalite ideologue Narayan Sanyal in jail were in connection with activities of People's Union of Civil Liberties and that they were held always under the vigil of jail guards.

Moreover, Sen, a doctor by profession, was bodily searched each time he visited the jail and no incriminating document was found from him during the frisking, the lawyers said. Noted lawyer and BJP MP Ram Jethmalani had appeared for Sen yesterday, but he was not present in court today.

Sen, along with Sanyal and Guha, a Kolkata businessmen, were sentenced by a sessions court on December 24 last to life imprisonment for colluding with Maoists to establish a network to fight the state.

Jethmalani had yesterday told the High Court, "My client is absolutely innocent. There is no case....The whole case is nothing but political persecution and legally it is a case of no evidence, not merely bad evidence, but no evidence."

Besides some PUCL activists, Sen's wife Ilina and two daughters also attended the proceedings.

Dubey, who also represented Guha, told the court that his client did not know who Sen or Sanyal were and had never met them. Therefore, accusing him of sedition was not right, he said.


First Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 22:26

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