The Supreme Court is expected to hear the bail plea for civil rights activist Dr Binayak Sen, who was sentenced for life by the Chhattisgarh high court on charges of sedition and links with Naxalites.
Sen has sought bail on the ground that trial court has erred in declaring him guilty when there was no substantial evidence.
The Chhattisgarh high court had earlier rejected the bail plea of Sen, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for sedition by the Raipur sessions court on December 24. The state had opposed Sen's bail plea on the ground of his association with Maoists.
It also argued that though Sen claimed to be a pediatrician, he never organized any health camp for children or treated kids.
Binayak Sen's wife and friends had expressed shock at the high court's 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 disappointing".
"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," she said.
"If this is not a kangaroo court, then what is a kangaroo court?" she asked.
"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 said.
Anasuya Sen, mother of Binayak Sen, said that she was confident that the Supreme Court's verdict would 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.
"As a mother, I know that my son is innocent. He is an honest Gandhian and a great man," she added.
Sen is at present lodged in a central jail in Raipur after a trial court sentenced him on December 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.