Raipur, Dec 24: Binayak Sen, a public health specialist and the national Vice-President of the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) has been sentenced on charges of treason and sedition for his close proximity to the rebel Maoist cause. A life imprisonment has been slapped on him.
He was found guilty by the Raipur court in Chattisgarh on Dec 24,2010. He has been facing flak for his pro-Maoist approach.The Additional District and Sessions Judge B P Verma held the trio consisting of Sen, Naxal ideologue Narayan Sanyal and Kolkata businessman Piyush Guha guilty under provisions of section 124 IPC (sedition), 120 B IPC (conspiracy) and Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act.
The 58 yer old paediatrician has been accused of carrying messages and letters from Sanyal to the underground Maoists.Sen, on the other hand reiterated his innocence and was quoted as saying in 2007, "I have never condoned Maoist violence. It is an invalid and unsustainable movement."
Binayak Sen's wife reacted strongly to the judgement and said, "I am sad at the judgment. I am sad because my daughters and I and my husband will have to fight another long legal battle and I don't how long will this be. But I am even more sad for the state of Indian democracy."
She also added, "I don't agree with this judgment at all. One who has worked for the poor of the country for 30 years, if that person is found guilty of sedition activities and conspiracy, when gangsters and scamsters are walking free, I think it's a scandalous situation."