On a day the Supreme Court granted Dr Binayak Sen (59) bail, the Chhattisgarh government said this was just a judicial process and the trial in the case would continue.
Sen (59), civil rights activist and doctor, has been charged with “aiding and abetting Naxal activities in Chhattisgarh” and was arrested on May 14, 2007 under the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. He has been in Raipur Central Jail for two years.
“I have full faith in the judiciary. We will take up the case in the trial and put forth our own stand,” Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said.
As news of Sen getting bail spread, there was relief and delight among activists and organisations who have been fighting for his release.
“Since there was not an iota of evidence against Dr Sen, the bail decision was expected much earlier. Dr Raman Singh had morally lost the case long ago and now, he will lose it legally,” said Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties state president Rajendra Sail.
According to Sail, as soon as the certified copy of the Supreme Court order reaches the trial court here, it will be moved to Raipur Central jail, where Sen is serving time. “We hope in the next two-three days, Dr Sen will be released,” he said.
Sen’s response to the good news: “I am delighted.” His wife Ilina Sen said: “Judiciary upheld justice.”
On whether Sen would resume his profession in the state’s tribal belt, she said: “As he is not keeping good health, he may need some time for himself. But the people of Chhattisgarh really need him where health services are still not in everyone’s reach. I believe in future, he will start his practice again.”