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