Monday, May 25, 2009

டாக்டர் பினாயக் சென்னுக்கு ஜாமீன் - உச்ச நீதி மன்றம்

கடைசியில் நீதி இன்னும் இந்த நாட்டில் இருக்கிறது என்ற நம்பிக்கை தரும் தீர்ப்பு.

இதற்காக பாடுபட்ட பல்வேறு மீடியா நண்பர்களுக்கும், தனி நபர்களுக்கும் நன்றி.

நன்றி: Rediff


The Supreme Court on Monday granted bail to civil rights activist Dr Binayak Sen, who has been lodged in jail for the last 22 months on charges of aiding and abetting naxalite activities in Chhattisgarh.

A bench comprising Justices Markandey Katju and Deepak Verma took up the matter on Monday after senior advocate Shanti Bhushan, on May 22, mentioned Sen's petition in which a notice was issued to the Chhattisgarh government.

When the notice was issued, the apex court had asked the state government to provide medical aid to Sen, who has been suffering from heart ailment.

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

The Chhattisgarh government accused Sen, who is the vice-president of the People's Union of Civil Liberties, of acting as a courier for an alleged naxalite who is in jail.

He also sought bail on medical grounds, saying he had been suffering from a heart ailment and needed treatment at the Christian Medical College, Vellore in Tamil Nadu.

Sen, a doctor by profession, claimed that the chargesheet against him had already been filed and that he had remained in jail during the investigation of the case registered against him.

Dr Sen, a paediatrician by training, was arrested on May 14 2007 by the Chhattisgarh police under the dreaded Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, which are in many ways more draconian than the now repealed Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act.

The police claimed it had evidence to prove that Dr Sen was actively helping out Maoists by providing them logistic support. The only piece of evidence they have been able to show till date is the fact that he made 33 visits to Narayan Sanyal, an old, ailing Maoist leader in jail. They were perfectly legal visits and allowed under the jail manual, not something clandestine. Sanyal was suffering from many diseases and required regular medical support.

As a civil right activist and doctor it was not unusual for Dr Sen to come into contact with extremist Maoists, especially since he was in Chhattisgarh, which is reeling under the bloody conflict between the state and the Maoists.

His plea for bail in the Supreme Court was rejected, which did not find it necessary to verify the claims by the state counsel. It agreed with the state that a free Binayak was a threat to the national security in Chhattisgarh.

The state is a dangerous place for civil right activists. It is the most recent destination for rich capitalists eyeing its mineral rich land and want it to be made available. How do you do it unless the tribals are driven out of their lands?

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