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SC Issues Notice to Provide Medical Aid to Sen

Hearing a bail petition filed by civil rights activist Binayak Sen, the Supreme Court has issued a notice to Chhattisgarh government. Sen has been lodged in jail for the last 22 months on charges of aiding and abetting naxalite activities in the State

Considering that Sen has been suffering from heart ailment, the Bench headed by Justice D K Jain instructed the State government to provide him medical aid.

Sen, who has been in custody since May 14, 2007, has argued that there was no evidence against him to be booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

The vice-president of the People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), Sen has been accused of acting as a courier for an alleged naxalite who is in jail.

Alleging that he needs treatment at Christian Medical College, Vellore in Tamil Nadu for his heart ailment, Sen has sought bail as well on medical ground.

Sen, a doctor by profession, has sought bail on the ground that the charge sheet against him has already been filed and he has remained in jail during the investigation of the case registered against him.

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