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Archive of entries posted on December 2010

Binayak Sen: Travesty of a Trial

People’s Democracy, January 02, 2011 THE verdict sentencing Binayak Sen, a doctor and public health specialist, to life imprisonment by an additional sessions court judge in Chattisgarh is shocking and a grave miscarriage of justice. Binayak Sen has been found guilty of sedition under the relevant clauses of the Indian Penal Code, the Chhattisgarh Special [...]

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Barefoot doctor knew he would be ‘made an example of’

The Irish Times – Friday, December 31, 2010 MARY FITZGERALD profiles Binayak Sen, an Indian activist who has been given a life sentence for sedition LAST FRIDAY the man some in India call the barefoot doctor stood in the dock of a courtroom in the remote state of Chhattisgarh to hear that he had been [...]

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Hounding a healer

(Daily Times, 31 December 2010) by J Sri Raman Taking a larger political view of it all, the story yields two major lessons based on the sad events of the decade about to end in two of the BJP’s bastions: Gujarat’s anti-minority pogrom of 2002 and Chhattisgarh’s anti-tribal terror culminating in the cruel sentence handed [...]

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Judgment that risks tainting democracy

(The Hindu, 31 December 2010) by Vinay Sitapati Indian law affords Binayak Sen one automatic right to appeal, and another at the discretion of the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, given the visible disparity between the quality of allegations against him and the repercussions, the judgment is sure to provoke a national and international outcry. [ read [...]

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A grave miscarriage of justice, says Karat

The Hindu, New Delhi, December 29, 2010 PTI The CPI(M) on Wednesday said the life sentence awarded to rights activist Binayak Sen, convicted by a court in Raipur for sedition, was “a grave miscarriage of justice”. “The evidence presented at the trial by the prosecution was so flimsy and concocted that it is surprising that [...]

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