Binayak Sen’s bail plea rejected

A court in Chattisgarh has rejected the bail application of Dr Binayak Sen. He was sentenced to life in prison in December after he was convicted of sedition on the basis of his alleged links to Naxals in the area.

Binayak Sen’s wife, Ilena expressed her disappointment at today’s court order. She told NDTV, “We will fight it out and try and file a petition in the Supreme court.”

The verdict outraged civil liberties activists at home and abroad.

Dr Sen has been recognized with international awards for his work with tribals in the Chattisgarh area. He has been praised for his commitment to promoting public health and human rights in one of India’s most impoverished areas.

Yesterday, 40 Nobel laureates sent a letter to the Indian government urging it to ensure that Dr Sen is given a fair trial, and asking for him to be released on bail.

“Dr. Sen is an exceptional, courageous, and selfless colleague, dedicated to helping those in India who are least able to help themselves,” the laureates said in the statement, posted on a website campaigning for Sen’s release.

CWG scam: Court issues notice to CBI on accused’s bail plea

The CBI was Tuesday issued notice by the Delhi High Court on the bail plea of Binu Nanu, an official of a private firm who is in jail for his involvement in the controversy over granting Rs.600 crore overlays contract for the Commonwealth Games (CWG) last year.

Justice Ajit Bharihoke asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to respond to the bail application of the accused Feb 18, the next date of hearing.

Nanu, the director of event management company GL Events-Meroform, said in the bail plea that he has been remanded to judicial custody by a lower court on the conclusion of his four-day custodial interrogation by the CBI.

‘Nanu is suffering from some cardiac ailment and has been admitted to hospital,’ said counsel for the accused.

Justice Bharihoke directed the superintendent of Tihar Jail that the accused, if required, be taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for better treatment.

Nanu was arrested Jan 18 and had been interrogated by the CBI. The CBI Jan 12 searched the office and residence of Nanu and many others after it registered a case in connection with the alleged overlays scam.

‘Nanu’s wife Roopana is also one of his associates in the business,’ the agency said.

The case, the fourth in connection with the Games, was registered against Organising Committee Director General V.K. Verma.

The CBI alleged that Verma and others entered into a ‘criminal conspiracy’ with managing directors and directors of private companies in the award of contracts for overlays for different venues of Games at ‘exorbitant rates’.

The overlays contracts are also under the scanner of the Income Tax department and the Enforcement Directorate.

‘Overlays works included supply of tents, marquees, prefabricated units, portable toilets, containers, security fences, furniture, public display LED boards, floor finishes, material handling equipment, gensets, cabling, UPS, lighting, air-conditioners, civil construction, athletic exercise equipment and grandstands,’ the agency added.

The CBI had earlier registered three cases for alleged corruption in projects and events in the run-up to the sporting extravaganza. Two of these cases were in connection with alleged irregularities in the Queen’s Baton Relay.