New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday reserved for
October 7 its order on a plea by Chhattisgarh Police seeking
transit remand of suspected woman Maoist, arrested yesterday
by the city police.
Additional Sessions Judge(ASJ) Yogesh Khanna extended the
judicial custody of 36-year-old Soni Sori, who is charged with
sedition for allegedly acting as a conduit between Maoists and
private firm Essar.
Sori also moved the court for bail, saying she should not
be handed over to Dantewada police as she feared threat to her
During the proceedings, Sori told the court that she was
a primary school teacher and the police had forced her to make
a call and demand Rs 15 lakh on behalf of the naxals.
She added after she made the call, she was let off by the
police and asked to flee from Chhatishgarh, following which
she came here to Delhi.
She said last month her father was shot and she fears for
her life and wants the trial to be conducted here in Delhi.
Asserting that she was falsely implicated by Chhatisgarh
Police, Sori told the court that even the language of the FIRs
of the two cases against her was similar.
Chhatishgarh police, however, said there was no threat to
her life in Dantewada. They said sustained custodial
interrogation of Sori was needed as four cases were pending
Sori was apprehended by the Delhi Police from Katwaria
Sarai in South Delhi for allegedly acting as a conduit between
Maoists and Essar.
Sori hails from the naxal-affected Dantewada district in
Chhattisgarh Police had yesterday raided the house of
rights activist Kavita Srivastava in Jaipur to apprehend Sori
but could not find her there.