On the same day the Supreme Court directed the state government to respond to an allegation by the counsel of Soli Sori, 36, that she was on the verge of death due to police torture, a team of doctors who examined her said she had feigned injuries.
"Medical tests reveal Sori is a malinger," said Dr Vivek Choudhary, superintendent of the Ambedkar hospital. "No physical injury marks were found. We discharged Sori only after we were convinced all her medical reports were normal," said Choudhary.
Sori was discharged from the Ambedkar Medical College Hospital, Raipur, late on Wednesday night and sent to Raipur Central Jail. "She is under treatment and had her regular meal in jail on Thursday," said Raipur jail superintendent KK Gupta.
Principal secretary N Baijendra Kumar said he had inquired into the allegations and was told the test reports had no abnormalities. "Dantewada SP Ankit Garg and DGP Anil M Nawaney both said she hasn't been ill-treated," said Kumar.
Sori is a suspected Maoist conduit accused of receiving "protection money" from the Essar group on behalf of Maoist rebels. A resident of Dantewada, Sori was arrested by Delhi police crime branch and Chhattisgarh police on October 4 in New Delhi and brought to Dantewada for interrogation. The court has sent her in judicial remand till October 17.
Essar, however, has denied giving money to Maoists.
Atul Jha, standing counsel for the Chhattisgarh government, told HT he would apprise the court on Friday. "Not only about her health but how and why she is in jail," said Jha.
Sori has admitted she was not physically tortured when in police custody, but was subjected to mental harassment, due to which she fell in the bathroom and sustained head and back injuries.
She was brought to Raipur from Jagdalpur hospital for a thorough check-up.
Activists, however, termed her injury a case of 'custodial violence'.