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SC orders Soni Sori’s medical examination at AIIMS

Soni Sori

Soni Sori

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered Chhattisgarh government to shift arrested Naxal sympathizer Soni Sori from Raipur jail to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi for an independent medical examination amid allegations that her health was deteriorating alarmingly.

When Chhattisgarh counsel Atul Jha termed the allegations about Sori’s deteriorating heath as a figment of imagination of activists, her counsel Colin Gonsalves cited reports from her Raipur-based advocate and another doctor to lend credence to the accusations of inadequate medial care in the jail.

A bench of Justices Altamas Kabir and J Chelameswar steered clear of the accusations and counter-accusations and directed the AIIMS director to constitute a medical board to examine Sori, chalk out her treatment plan if needed and submit a report to the apex court before July 10, the next date of hearing.

Jha said the allegation that stones were inserted in her private parts between October 8 and 10 was baseless as the October 10 X-ray report did not show any foreign material in her body. He also said that Sori, during her numerous appearance before the court, had never complained of any ill-treatment by the jail staff but wanted to go back to Jagdalpur for treatment.

The bench asked the AIIMS director to constitute a special medical board comprising the head of the department of gynaecology, an endocrinologist and a cardiac specialist to look into the allegations and provide her appropriate treatment.

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