Raipur: The trial court in Chhattisgarh has set five conditions for the release of human rights activist and paediatrician Binayak Sen, who has been in a Raipur jail after being convicted for sedition and sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment by a Chhattisgarh court on December 24, 2010.
The Chhattisgarh Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge BP Verma directed that Sen be released on a personal bond and surety of Rs 50,000 each.
He also has to surrender his passport, he can't leave India without prior permission and he has to appear before the Chhattisgarh High Court for the trial whenever required.
"We have struggled for long. We will continue to work for the tribals," Sen's wife Ilina, who was present in the court along with their daughter and other activists, said.
Sen was granted bail on April 15, 2011 by the Supreme Court. A gold medallist from CMC, Vellore, Sen has been convicted of having links with Naxals.
He was arrested from Bilaspur on May 14, 2007. The Supreme Court granted him bail on May 25, 2009. But, on December 24, 2010, he was convicted for sedition and sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment by a Raipur court.
His battle for bail began on January 24, 2011 when the Chhattisgarh High Court began hearing on suspension of his sentence. But on February 10, 2011, the High Court dismissed his bail plea.
The Supreme Court on March 3, 2011 admitted a special leave petition (SLP) and issued notices to the Chhattisgarh government, giving it four weeks to reply on Sen's bail plea.
On March 11, 2011 the prosecution asked for more time. Finally on April 15, 2011 a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court granted him bail.
The apex court said it was giving no reason for granting bail to 61-year-old Sen and left it to the satisfaction of the trial court concerned to impose the conditions for his release on bail.
While granting bail to Sen, the court observed that even if he is a Naxal sympathiser, it does not makes him guilty of sedition.