SC asks AIIMS to verify Soni Sori torture claim

New Delhi: Amid allegations that foreign bodies were thrust into her private parts, the Supreme Court today directed AIIMS to medically examine alleged Naxal sympathiser Soni Sori to treat her and ascertain the charges.

A bench of justices Altamas Kabir and J Chelameswar asked the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) director to render her all medical assistance and submit a report to it before July 10.

A suspected Maoist conduit, Sori has been accused by the police of receiving "protection money" from the Essar group. She was arrested on October 4 in South Delhi by a Chhattisgarh police team and was taken to Dantewada for interrogation. Essar has denied giving funds to Maoists.

The apex court 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 adequate treatment.

The bench passed the order after senior counsel Colin Gonsalves cited the latest report submitted by an advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, who has stated that Sori was suffering from multiple health complications, both in her private parts and general health conditions on account of the foreign particles thrust into her by the Chhattisgarh police.

In October 2011, a special medical team from a Kolkata hospital had submitted a report to the apex court that it has recovered a certain foreign particle from her body, but could not identify the reasons as to how it got embedded in her private part.

Counsel Atul Jha appearing for the Chhattisgarh government submitted that the entire allegation was being orchestrated by certain vested interests to malign the state police.

He submitted that Sori was produced before a judicial magistrate at least on a dozen of occasions, but she did never make even a whisper about the alleged torture.