Press Release by PUCL on Dr. Binayak Sen’s Conviction
24th December, 2010
The People’s Union for Civil Liberties is deeply disappointed at the miscarriage of justice reflected in the judgement of Raipur Additional District and Sessions Judge B. P. Verma sentencing our National Vice President Dr. Binayak Sen to life imprisonment under charges of sedition 124 (A) of the IPC read with conspiracy (120-B IPC) along with convicting him
concurrently u/s 8-(1), (2), (3) and (5) of the Chhattisgarh Vishesh Jan Suraksha Adhiniyam,2005 (Chhattisgarh Special Public Safety Act, 2005) and u/sec 39 (2) of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 2004 (amended). It is a sad day for the PUCL and all human rights defenders in the country and a black day for the Indian Judiciary
Dr. Binayak Sen was charged with being a courier of letters from co-accused Narayan Sanyal to Piyush Guha. All through the trial not a single Jail authority appearing as prosecution witness confirmed this. In fact, there was no substantive evidence to confirm any of the allegations of the prosecution.
*The PUCL holds that Dr Binayak Sen is a victim of the vendetta of the Chhattisgarh government for his bold and principled opposition to state sponsored vigilante operation Salwa Judum, which has been held unacceptable even by the Supreme Court. His conviction is one more example of the state succeeding in securing the conviction of an innocent person on the basis of
false evidence. It is an occasion for the nation to demand drastic reform of the criminal justice system to ensure that it is not manipulated by the state to persecute, prosecute and victimize innocent persons.
The PUCL will continue to work towards Dr. Binayak Sen release and take all legal measures in this regard. It will also work towards building public opinion against the ongoing persecution of activists and Human Rights Defenders in the country.
Prabhakar Sinha (President), Pushkar Raj (General Secretary), Mahi Pal Singh (National Secretary), Kavita Srivastava (National Secretary)
Phone number: 09312206414 ( Mahipal Singh), 09351562965(Kavita)
Statement by MKSS
We are deeply disturbed by the judgement of the Raipur Additional District and Sessions Court convicting Dr. Binayak Sen on charges of sedition, treason and conspiracy against the state and sentencing him to life imprisonment. We believe that the trial of the eminent and committed human rights activist was not fair and that this is a miscarriage of justice. We condemn the charges, the prosecution and the conviction as a blow to democracy. We hope that the higher judiciary will grant him immediate release and ensure that no further harm is done to him and the human rights movement. We will support all efforts to obtain justice for Dr. Binayak Sen.
Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey, Shankar Singh and the MKSS collective