Torterade adivasiläraren Soni Sori släpps ej mot borgen

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Soni Sori, Kodopi denied bail

Chhattisgarh High Court has denied bail to tribal schoolteacher Soni Sori and her relative journalist Lingaram Kodopi in Essar Steel case on Monday, her lawyer told The Hindu.

This is the only case pending against Ms. Sori and Mr. Kodopi. They have been either acquitted or granted bail in all the other cases against them.

In the controversial Essar Steel case, they have been accused of arranging “protection money” on behalf of the company to Maoists. The main accused, D.V.C.S Verma, general manager at an Essar steel plant, and B.K. Lala, Essar contractor, were arrested for allegedly disbursing the money. Both Mr. Verma and Mr. Lala got bail within months of their arrest.

Ms. Sori’s lawyer, Sishir Dikshit, said, the high court judge refused to grant bail saying “the crime is of serious nature.”

“We will decide the course of follow up action once we receive a copy of the order,” he added.

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