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Vikas Pathak, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, January 05, 2011
Days after BJP MP from the Rajya Sabha Ram Jethmalani offered to fight Binayak Sen's case -even as the party itself avoided comments -- RSS mouthpieces Organiser and Panchjanya have launched a blistering attack on Sen and his supporters asking whether the Maoists were above law.

The Organiser's latest issue has an editorial on Sen while the Panchjanya in Hindi has two full-page pieces on the doctor who has been sentenced for acting as a conduit for Maoists.

"…The bizarre exhibition of outrage, anger and anguish over the verdict of the lower court sentencing Binayak Sen and two others to life term for sedition, criminal conspiracy and collaboration with Maoists sounds bogus if not spurious," says the Organiser.

"What is it that these men and women are protesting? Do they want us to believe that Binayak Sen, because he is Binayak Sen, is above the law of the land? That no court, no police, no authority has a right to prosecute him however dubious his actions are or however criminally involved he is with the Maoist merchants of death?"

It also attacked National Advisory Council (NAC) members like Harsh Mander and Jean Dreze for speaking in favour of Sen.

"See the manner in which the NAC, Sonia Gandhi's handpicked men and women in the UPA government, has reacted… Are they trying to intimidate and undermine the judiciary?"

A full-page article in Panchjanya accuses 'intellectuals' of supporting Sen as they fear his sentencing will spark off a chain reaction where they too may be brought to book.