The Supreme Court on Friday, Feb 8, 2014, granted permanent bail to Soni Sori, a tribal school teacher of Dantewada, and her relative, journalist Lingaram Kodopi. They are facing trial on the charge of helping to arrange ‘protection money’ payoffs from steel giant Essar to Maoists in Chhattisgarh.
Ms. Sori, 38, and Mr. Kodopi have been in jail for the past two years, facing multiple criminal charges, ranging from manslaughter to criminal conspiracy. Ms. Sori is alleged to have been tortured in police custody and is still suffering from multiple injuries.
Mr. Kodopi, who played a decisive role in exposing the massacre of villagers at Tadmetla in Bijapur district, claims his life and career have been ruined.
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