SC Grants Bail to Civil Right Activist Binayak Sen

Civil rights activist Binayak Sen, who has been in a Raipur jail for more than two years on unproven charges of having links with Maoists in Chhattisgarh, was granted bail on Monday by the Supreme Court.

In a hearing lasting just one minute, the apex court granted him bail on a personal bond.The bail was granted by a vacation bench of Justice Markandey Katju and Justice Deepak Verma.

According to reports, former law minister Shanti Bhushan, pleading for Sen, had earlier requested the court to pay an urgent hearing to Sen’s bail plea in view of his unstable health condition.

Later, a bench of Justice D K Jain and Justice B S Reddy had on May 4 served a notice on the Chhattisgarh government with regard to Sen’s bail plea.

While seeking its reply, the bench had also ordered the state government to provide him the “best possible medical aid” for the heart ailment he has been suffering from.

The Chhattisgarh government has booked Sen, the vice president of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) under the stringent anti-terror law, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, for his alleged links with Maoists.

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