SC allows Sori plea to shift her to Jagadalpur jail

The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed a request by Soni Sori, who has been arrested for alleged Maoist links, to direct the Chhattisgarh government for shifting her from a jail in Raipur to the Central Jail in Jagadalpur.

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir accepted Sori's application after senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for the state government, told the court that the authorities had no objections if she was again shifted to Jagadalpur jail.

The Bench has also asked the state government to ensure Sori is provided required medical facilities after transfer.

Sori has been lodged at the Raipur Central Jail since October 2011. She had sought the transfer stating it would be easier for her relatives to visit her there. The tribal teacher has been jailed on charges of helping Naxals. She is accused of receiving "protection money" from the Essar group.

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