New Delhi, 12 November
The Supreme Court today granted bail to Ms Soni Sori, a tribal teacher, and journalist Lingaram Kodopi in a case lodged against them for allegedly receiving money from Essar Group on behalf of Maoists.
A bench of Justices S S Nijjar and F M Ibrahim Kalifulla granted relief to the duo but imposed a condition that they will not be in Chhattisgarh during the probe in the case.
The court passed the order on their plea challenging the Chhattisgarh High Court ruling of 8 July denying them bail.
The 36-year-old Ms Sori and her activist-nephew Kodopi (25) were arrested on charges of acting as Maoist conduits who had allegedly received protection money for the rebels from Essar Group.
According to police, Kodopi and BK Lala, a building contractor with Essar Steel Ltd, were nabbed from a weekly market at Palnar village in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on 9 September 2011, with Rs 15 lakh in cash.
Ms Sori was arrested on 4 October 2011, in New Delhi, while Essar Steel Ltd GM DVCS Verma was also arrested.
A Dantewada district court had granted bail to Verma and contractor Lala.