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Apex court denies bail to rights activist


New Delhi : The Supreme Court Monday denied bail to rights activist Binayak Sen, held by the Chhattisgarh police for allegedly aiding and abetting Maoist activities in the state.

A bench of Justice Ashok Bhan and Justice D.K. Jain dismissed Sen’s bail plea saying the grounds on which he had sought bail were not valid.

Sen, the vice president of the Chhattisgarh unit of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), was arrested May 14 for allegedly acting as a courier for Maoists.

A paediatrician by profession, he was picked up by police in Bilaspur city for his alleged links with Maoist ideologue Narayan Sanyal. Sen had approached the apex court for bail in early October.

He had been held under the stringent Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2005 (CSPSA), and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

Sen has been in the Raipur central jail since his arrest. His bail application was first rejected by a sessions court that is hearing his case and then the Chhattisgarh High Court.

He was charged in August for his alleged role in Maoist activities and is facing trial in the court of the Bilaspur Chief judicial magistrate.