SC serves notice in Mili Panda case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today served notice to the state government on the plea of Mili Panda, wife of top naxal leader Sabyasachi Panda, who had filed a special leave petition in the apex court against her alleged illegal detention by the Odisha police.

Mili Panda was arrested from a village near Balianta on the outskirts of the state capital on January 14, 2010. Mili in her special leave petition pleaded that the government should provide immediate compensation to her for illegal detention despite bail granted in her favour by the Odisha High Court. The matter was heard by the two-judge bench of Justice B S Chouhan and Justice J S Khehar. The bench has asked the state government to submit the reply within eight weeks.