Binayak Sen for institutionalised mechanism to oversee court process
New Delhi: Civil rights activist Binayak
Sen on Saturday favoured an institutionalised mechanism to oversee
the process conducted in local courts even in routine cases.
Sen claimed there was absolutely a "total disjunction"
between the evidence recorded and the judgement delivered by a
Chhattisgarh court which convicted him on charges of sedition.
He was later released on bail by the Supreme Court.
"I wish possibilities of developing some form of
institutionalised public oversight of process conducted in
courts in routine cases of IPC can be discussed," he said
addressing a function here.
Sen said he was fortunate to have the support of so
many friends inside and outside the country in his fight. "I
am not alone in this sense. I am also not alone as thousands
and thousands across the country are in same condition of
incarceration which I myself found in," he said.
Most of the people were not getting effective judicial
recourse, he felt.
Sen, who works in rural areas of Chhatisgarh, said it
is being propounded that it is legitimate to dispossess poor
people of their access to common property resources like
water, land and forest.
"Vast majority of poor people depend on natural
resources for their survival. How the Indian nation advises
these people to ensure their survival and how should they
respond to this (efforts to dispossess them). These are the
puzzling questions answers to which we will have to find," he
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