The Supreme Court granted rights activist and a pediatrician Dr Binayak Sen bail on Friday but he would not get a chance to walk out from the Raipur Central Jail, serving life imprisonment on charges of sedition and links with Maoists, before Monday.
Sen's counsel in Chhattisgarh Mahendra Dubey told Hindustan Times that the certified copies of the court order would be available by the evening on Friday. "Even if the court's order is brought to Raipur on Saturday, it will not serve any purpose since tomorrow is a holiday and the court will not function", said Dubey.
The Apex Court order will be produced before the trial court where bail bond will be furnished by Dr Sen following which the court will issue 'release warrant' to the jail authorities of Raipur, stated the Sen's counsel.
After the SC verdict Dr Sen's wife, Ilina said, "We have to take copy of the order to trial court and bail has to be activated and Binayak has to be released from jail and lot of work still needs to be done".
"Going by all the processes involved and the next two days being holiday, Dr Sen will be out from jail only on Monday", said Farhan Khan, another lawyer of Sen.
Meanwhile the state government said it respects the decision of the Supreme Court. "We have always respected the court's verdict. The law will takes its own course, as the legal process of the case will continue in the high court. We will respect whatever the final decision the court arrives at in the given case", Dr Raman Singh, Chhattisgarh chief minister said.
Singh further added that the state would continue to adhere to its policy to safeguard democracy and fight against the Maoists menace.
"It is not just a bail but a moral victory for Dr Sen. His bail was long overdue, which should have been granted by the High Court," said Rajendra Sail, former president of Chhattisgarh People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL).