BeyondHeadlines News Desk
New Delhi: The Supreme Court will today hear the bail plea of civil rights activist Dr. Binayak Sen , who has been sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of sedition and for having links with Maoists.
The apex court had on March 11 issued a notice to the Chhattisgarh Government on Sen’s bail plea.
A bench of Justices H.S. Bedi and C.K. Prasad had then asked the state government to explain why bail shouldn’t be granted to Sen.
The court also asked the state government to file its response within four weeks.
Sen (61) has challenged the Chhattisgarh High Court’s order that rejected his bail plea on February 10.
He sought bail contending that the trial court had erred in convicting him without substantial evidence.
Sen had filed a petition in the Chhattisgarh High Court on January 6, challenging a district and sessions court order that had convicted him on various charges, including sedition, and had sentenced him to life imprisonment.
A Raipur Sessions Court had on December 24 last year held Sen and three other people guilty of treason and for waging war against the state. He was also found guilty of sedition.
Sen was arrested in Chhattisgarh in 2007 and was granted bail two years later. He was honoured with Jonathan Mann Award in 2008 while still in prison.