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Binayak bail hearing to continue
Published on 24 Jan. 2011 11:33 PM IST
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A division bench of the Chhattisgarh High Court Monday heard rights activist Binayak Sen’s bail plea for over two hours and decided to continue the hearing the next day.
Sen is presently lodged in a central jail in Raipur after he was given life term by a trial court in Raipur Dec 24 on sedition charges over his links with Maoist ideologue Narayan Sanyal.
A division bench comprising Justice T.P. Sharma and Justice R.L. Jhanwar held the hearing in the afternoon. BJP Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani, representing Sen in the high court, contested the lower court ruling and sought bail for the doctor-turned rights activist.
The trial court verdict was widely slammed by human right activists in India and abroad who say he was victimised by the Chhattisgarh government for highlighting human rights abuses.
Earlier, protests and black flags greeted the eight-member team from the European Union who arrived in Raipur on Sunday night. The EU delegation, which include representatives of Delhi based diplomatic missions from Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Sweden and the UK, has come to witness human rights activist Binayak Sen’s bail hearing.
The protestors alleged that the European Union intends to influence the judicial process in India.
Sen’s bail plea is coming up for hearing exactly one month after he was convicted for sedition and sentencing to life imprisonment.
Civil rights activists have been demanding his release since the sentencing.

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