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Binayak Sen and the Prime Minister

In the article “The Trial of Binayak Sen” (EPW, 25 December 2010), Jyoti Punwani justly condemns the arbitrary conviction of Binayak Sen by the sessions court in Chhattisgarh and his unjust incarceration for nearly two years before the trial. However, she goes on to say that the “inter national clamour for his release, with Nobel Laureates joining in, had no effect on either our highly educated prime minister or the person who appointed him, the supposedly liberal Congress Party president”.

This criticism of Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi seems quite unwarranted. Can the prime minister simply call for the overturn of the verdict of a lower court, especially in a state ruled by the opposition party, BJP? What impact is that likely to have on the Indian polity?

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