No plan to leave India, says Binayak Sen`s wife

Prof Illina Sen, the wife of human rights activist Binayak Sen, on Friday said that she was not planning to leave the country, and the couple did not need "certificate of patriotism" from anyone.

Last Updated: Jan 07, 2011, 23:13 PM IST

Nagpur: Prof Illina Sen, the wife of human
rights activist Binayak Sen, on Friday said that she was not
planning to leave the country, and the couple did not need
"certificate of patriotism" from anyone.

Binayak Sen was recently convicted and sentenced to life
imprisonment by a local court in Chhattisgarh on the charge of
sedition.

Illina, who was here to attend conference organised by
Indian Association for Women`s Studies, refuted the reports
that she was going to emigrate. "Had it been a plan, I would
have left India 20 years back," she said.

"Binayak and I need no certificate of patriotism," she
added.

Illina also alleged that in Chhattisgarh, she was
constantly under surveillance. "My phones are tapped," she
claimed.

There is no evidence against Binayak and all charges are
fabricated, she said.

Expressing hope that High Court, where Sen has filed
appeal, will acquit him, she asked, "But what if one spends 20
years and comes out clean. Who will compensate for 20 years of
mental agony and blot?"

Illina met her husband on December 27 at jail in Raipur.
She said that senior counsel Ram Jethmalani -- who has
volunteered to defend Sen -- was waiting for English
translation of the 90-page verdict and would certainly defend him in the court.

PTI