Arrested two days ago for allegedly acting as a conduit between the Maoists and Essar group, Soni Sori moved the Delhi High Court on Friday requesting that the Chhattisgarh Police not be allowed to take her back to the state.
Claiming a threat to her life, she said the state police had tried to kill her in a fake encounter on September 11 in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh. She urged the court to direct the Delhi Police to register an FIR in this connection.
While refusing to pass a favourable order on her petition, the high court issued a notice to the state of Chhattisgarh “to report compliance as regards her safety and security” by October 14.
Sori approached the high court within an hour of a Delhi court dismissing her bail plea, noting that the charges against her were serious. The Chhattisgarh Police has sought to take her back on transit remand.
Calling herself a social activist, Sori said the court should not allow her to be taken to Dantewada till the time her petition before the Supreme Court was decided.
Justice Mukta Gupta however refused to pass orders on her petition.
“It may be noted that till date, no petition has been filed before the Supreme Court. Further, with respect to the direction to the Delhi Police to register an FIR, it may be noted that the incident which has allegedly taken place on September 11 falls within the jurisdiction of Police Station Kuan Kinda, district Dantewada,” said Justice Gupta.
Earlier, a Delhi court, allowing the Chhattisgarh Police’s remand application, told them to produce her before a concerned court in Dantewada within three days. The court also directed the Investigating Officer “to take all measures to ensure the safety of the accused”.