Nothing wrong if Jethmalani defends Binayak Sen, says BJP

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.

PTI



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

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