Nothing wrong if Jethmalani defends Binayak Sen, says BJP
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 23:39
New Delhi: The BJP on Tuesday said it saw nothing wrong in party MP and eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani's willingness to defend rights activist Binayak Sen, sentenced by a trial court to life imprisonment for sedition, saying he has a right to practice his profession.

"Ram Jethmalani has a profession to himself... There is nothing (for the BJP to say) as far as giving a brief to him is concerned," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.

Jethmalani has offered to take up the case of Sen, who has been given a life sentence by a sessions court in Raipur. The move could cause embarrassment to the BJP which is in power in Chhattisgarh.

"Personally, I think the case is weak. I think Sen has been wrongly convicted...If I am approached by any friend or representative of Binayak Sen, I would be quite willing to appear for him and do my best for his defence," he had said.

A Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan, Jethmalani has put BJP to embarrassment on earlier occasions too.

Recently, he had supported the government-appointed interlocutors to handle the Kashmir problem. The BJP was targetting the interlocutors saying they were exceeding their brief and negotiating through the media.


First Published: Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 23:39

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