New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday granted bail to doctor and rights activist Binayak Sen in a case of sedition where he was sentenced to life by a Chhattisgarh court.
The apex court, while observing that the evidence used to convict Sen appeared weak, told the prosecution to seek the conditions of bail from the lower court in Chhattisgarh.
Sen was convicted under sedition for having links to Maoists, particularly the late Narayan Sanyal, whom he met 33 times while the latter was in prison.
Sen is a member of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and has dedicated his life to working in backward areas, particularly the violence-hit belt in Chhattisgarh.
Sen approached the high court which also upheld his conviction. He was arrested in 2009 and has already served time in prison as an under trial, before being released on bail by the Supreme Court on that occasion as well.
His case has drawn worldwide attention due to his humanitarian work and the rather legally unsound arguments used in his conviction.