Binayak`s associate moves for bail, SC issues notice to govt
The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought a response from Chhattisgarh government on a bail petition of Pijush Guha who, along with civil rights activist Binayak Sen, was sentenced to life imprisonment on the charge of sedition.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought
a response from Chhattisgarh government on a bail petition of
Pijush Guha who, along with civil rights activist Binayak Sen,
was sentenced to life imprisonment on the charge of sedition.
The vacation bench of justices G S Singhvi and C K
Prasad issued the notice to the state government and asked it
to file the response by May 31 when the bail plea would be
taken up for further hearing.
Guha, a Kolkota-based business man, was convicted
along with Sen and Naxal ideologue Narayan Sanyal for
colluding with Maoists to establish a network to fight the
state. They were awarded life imprisonment.
He then challenged his conviction in the Chhattisgarh
High Court which refused to grant him bail in the case.
Challenging the order of the High Court, advocate
Prashant Bhushan, appearing for him, pleaded with the court to
grant bail saying he has already spent four years in jail.
He also pointed out that the apex court recently
granted bail to Sen.
The apex court had on April 15 granted bail to
61-year-old Sen while questioning his conviction and life
sentence for sedition saying he could be a sympathiser of
Naxalites and nothing beyond that.
"No case of sedition is made out," the apex court had
said "He may be a sympathiser (of Naxalites) but it did not
make him guilty of sedition.
"The worst can be said that he was found in possession
of general documents (relating to Naxal activities) but how
can it be said that such possession would attract the charge
of sedition? How can you level the charge of sedition?" the
bench had asked.
The conviction and life imprisonment of Sen, along
with Guha and Sanyal, had led to outrage in many quarters,
including international human rights bodies which had sought
government`s permission to observe the court proceedings in