Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh): As the Chhattisgarh High Court Thursday dismissed the bail
application of rights activist Binayak Sen, his wife and friends
expressed shock at the verdict and said their faith has been
shaken. Nevertheless, they said they would not give up hope and
would approach the Supreme Court.
Sen's wife Ilina Sen termed the court decision "very
"My faith has been shaken. This was not a case at all. The charges
like waging war against the state and sedition and all that should
not have been framed in the first place, but they got framed and
then we had a facade of a trial which continued for two years,"
"If this is not a kangaroo court, then what is a kangaroo court?"
"It's very disappointing but I am not going to stop now, (I) will
approach the Supreme Court because I have no other options," Ilina
Anasuya Sen, mother of Binayak Sen, said that she was confident
that the Supreme Court's verdict will be in her son's favour.
"I am hurt and cannot express my agony. My daughter-in-law will
appeal to the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court's verdict will
go in favour of my son," she said over the phone from Kolkata.
"As a mother, I know that my son is innocent. He is an honest
Gandhian and a great man," she added.
The rights activist's brother Dipankar Sen, who is in Bilaspur,
said: "Everyone was asking me not to have high expectations but I
was still hoping. I am an extremely optimistic person and hope is
the driving force in the family now."
"The next logical step will depend on the team leader, my
sister-in-law Ilina Sen, and that will probably be going to the
Supreme Court. We have to get her husband, her daughters' father
and our brother out of jail and we will do what is required to
do," he added.
Social activist Swami Agnivesh termed the high court ruling as
"extremely sad". Agnivesh, who is at present in Chhattisgarh's
restive Bastar region, told reporters: "I was not expecting such a
sad decision. Sen is a great social worker, I am really pained."
Rajendra K. Sail, former Chhattisgarh chief of Sen's rights group
People's Union for Civil Liberties, said: "It's highly
unfortunate, I was expecting justice from the high court at least,
but here too I was stunned."
He said the rights activists will now fight the case afresh in the
Chhattisgarh's senior minister Brijmohan Agrawal welcomed the high
court judgment and described it "a vindication of the state
government's stand on Binayak Sen".
"Now when the high court has dismissed the bail application, it is
better for the so-called human rights activists in India and
abroad to keep away from attacking the Chhattisgarh government and
state police," he said.
He added: "The court verdict has again exposed the real face of
The division bench of Justice T.P. Sharma and Justice R.L. Jhanwar
rejected Sen's bail plea in a jam-packed courtroom in Bilaspur,
some 110 km from state capital Raipur.
Sen is at present lodged in a central jail in Raipur after he was
sentenced by a trial court Dec 24 for sedition and links with
Maoist ideologue Narayan Sanyal and Kolkata-based businessman
Piyush Guha, both of whom have also been sentenced to life.
Sen was accused of acting as a courier between Sanyal and Guha.