Describing the judgement convicting rights activist Binayak Sen for sedition as ridiculous and unacceptable, former chief justice of Delhi High Court Rajender Sachar today said that civil liberties of people were in danger and there is need to act now.
"There can't be a greater nonsensical judgement than this. I am ashamed belonging to the judiciary that such a ridiculous judgement was delivered," Sachar, former President of People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), who was here, told mediapersons today.
Sen, a paediatrician by training and Vice President of PUCL, had been convicted for life for acting as "courier" for Naxal ideologue Narayan Sanyal, who was in jail, by carrying his messages and letters to the underground Maoists.
"Sen was working since long time for tribal rights in Raipur of Chhattisgarh, which is a strong unit of PUCL. He had met Sanyal 30 times while the latter was in jail in the presence of jail authorities. There is no way that there could be any secret talks with Sanyal," Sachar said.
"What we need to understand is that are we creating an atmosphere of intolerance in the country," he said.
"Today it is Sen. It could be anybody else tomorrow. Whoever speaks against government would be framed into some charges and put in jail. Therefore, we believe that civil liberties are in grave danger and we need to initiate action now," Sachar added.
Sachar said that Sen has been convicted on the basis of a letter found with another accused who said that Sen had given him the letter in which Sanyal had allegedly asked for few things of his requirement.
Sen was arrested on May 14, 2007 from Bilaspur and was in jail for two years before being granted bail by the Supreme Court in May last year.
Sachar said that PUCL has also written a letter to the President of India demanding the immediate release of Sen and dropping of all charges against him.
In the letter, PUCL has claimed that Sen has been maliciously framed in this case and demanded a thorough inquiry to find all those guilty of maligning Sen.
Talking about Gujarat, Sachar said that in a democracy, the rule of law persists, not the will of an individual.
"Some chess champions gathering, roads being built, these are the normal activities of a government. There is nothing surprising about it," Sachar said, adding that if a government does not do this, it should be termed as incompetent.
He further said that if somebody criticises the government activities or its chief minister, it does not amount to insulting the state of Gujarat. "The state is far bigger than any individual," Sachar added.
Sachar also criticised Gujarat government for not having a full-fledged State Human Rights Commission.
Judgement Convicting Binayak Ridiculous: Sachar
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