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Chhattisgarh High Court rejects Binayak Sen’s bail plea

Bilaspur: The Chhattisgarh High Court on Thursday rejected the bail plea of rights activist Binayak Sen and his associate Narayan Sanyal.

A division bench of Justice TP Sharma and Justice RL Jhanwar pronounced the judgment.

Binayak Sen was sentenced to life imprisonment by a trial court in Raipur on December 24, 2010, on sedition charges over his links with Maoist ideologue Narayan Sanyal.

Sen, along with Naxal ideologue Sanyal and Kolkata-based businessman Piyush Guha, were sentenced to life imprisonment for colluding with Naxals to establish a network to fight the state.

Meanwhile, Anasuya Sen, mother of Binayak Sen, said, “I knew the bail plea would be rejected. I am not disappointed.”

“We will appeal in the Supreme Court and are confident that we will get justice there,” Anasuya added.

On Wednesday, a bench of Justices TP Sharma and Rajeshwarlal Jhanwar heard the arguments of the prosecution before reserving its order till Thursday. The defence counsels argued that there was no credible evidence to convict Sen on charges of sedition.

The prosecution had opposed his bail plea both on technical grounds as well as on the basis of merits of the case. It claimed the circumstances and the documents seized clearly indicated his strong links with the Maoists.

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