Binayak Sen's mom thanks Jethmalani for offer

“When an advocate of Jethmalani’s stature offers his professional help to defend my son, it proves that there are flaws in the verdict,” the activist’s 84-year-old mother said at her ancestral home in Nadia district.

Saying she was “quite lucky” to have received the proposal from the noted lawyer, Anasua said in a trembling voice “I am grateful to him (Jethmalani).” According to her, Binayak’s wife Illina and others in the family will take a final call on as to who would fight for the activist.

Ilina, too, expressed happiness over Jethmalani’s offer, but could not immediately confirm whether the veteran lawyer’s assistance would be sought. “I am happy for his intention but I have to discuss the issue with others as I have given the case to other lawyers already,” family sources quoted her from Raipur. According to Illina, the family plans to move the High Court after January 3.

Sen, Naxalite ideologue Narayan Sanyal and Kolkata-based businessman Piyush Guha were sentenced to life imprisonment by a Raipur court on December 24 for sedition and colluding with Maoists to establish a network to fight the state.

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