Happy over SC granting bail to Sen: Chidambaram

Home Minister P Chidambaram Friday expressed happiness over the Supreme Court decision to grant bail to rights activist Binayak Sen, who had been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for sedition by a Chhattisgarh court.

Last Updated: Apr 15, 2011, 15:33 PM IST

New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram Friday expressed happiness over the Supreme Court decision to grant bail to rights activist Binayak Sen, who had been
convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for sedition by a Chhattisgarh court.
"I am happy to know that Binayak Sen has got bail from
the Supreme Court. I have always believed that if one is not
satisfied with a lower court order, one can get reprieve by
approaching a higher court," he told reporters while reacting
to the apex Court order.

After the conviction of Sen on charges of sedition
and helping Naxalites to set up a network to fight the State,
Chidambaram had said that the judgement may be unsatisfactory
for many people but the only way to "correct" it was by filing
an appeal.

In its order, the Supreme Court said it was giving no
reason for granting bail to 61-year-old Sen and left it to the
satisfaction of the trial court concerned to impose the conditions for his release on bail.

A bench comprising Justices H S Bedi and C K Prasad
passed the order on the petition moved by Sen challenging the
order of Chhattisgarh High Court denying him bail.

PTI