The Raipur sessions court on Monday allowed civil rights activist Dr Binayak Sen (61) to visit South Korea to receive 2011 Gwangju Prize for human rights.
Sen, who was released from Raipur jail on April 18 after the Supreme Court granted him bail in a sedition case was honoured with the South Korea’s prestigious award, Gwangju Prize, which is given for significant contributions in the field of human rights, peace and democracy. Sen has moved an application in the court through his counsel seeking permission to visit South Korea. The award was announced on April 21 by the Gwangju Prize Committee in Seoul.
The Judge B P Verma permitted Dr Sen to go abroad from May 15 to 20. The court had asked the rights activist to surrender his passport within a week after his return from South Korea, where Sen is invited to receive the award on May 18.
Last month the trial court in Raipur had asked Dr Sen to surrender his passport and not to leave the country without the court’s permission among the four conditions laid down for his release on bail.