New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday directed Chhattisgarh government to file an affidavit on allegations that pebbles were thrust into the private parts of alleged Maoist activist Soni Sori during police torture and asked the state to shift her from a jail in Dantewada to Raipur Central prison.

"He has to answer. There are very serious allegations," a bench of justices Altamas Kabir and S S Nijjar said while referring to the affidavit of Sori that the alleged torture was perpetrated at the behest of Dantewada SP Amit Garg.

The apex court passed the direction after examining the recovered foreign object and the medical report placed before it by a special team of NRS Medical College and Hospital, Kolkota.

Chhattisgarh government counsel Atul Jha was also asked by the apex court to file its response on the plea for shifting the case outside the state and also a probe by a special investigation team as sought by counsel Colin Gonzalves appearing for Sori.

The apex court further directed that the jail authorities shall provide Sori access to her lawyer while her relatives and others can meet the woman after moving the required application before the jail authorities.

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.  Earlier, the special team of the Kolkotta hospital which submitted its report in the apex court on injuries allegedly suffered by Sori in police custody in Chhattisgarh on October 8 said there were "foreign objects" in her private parts.

Sori had filed an affidavit alleging that policemen thrust pebbles into her private parts during the alleged torture she was subjected to.

The apex court had directed the state government to get Sori's independent medical test done at NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata and asked the hospital director to submit the report to it.

The bench, while passing the direction, had observed that injuries suffered by Sori do not prima facie seem to be as simple as they were made out to be.

Sori, a tribal teacher, had filed a petition alleging she was tortured in police custody after her arrest from Delhi.

Colin Gonsalves had said Sori was falsely implicated in a number of cases linking her to Maoist activities.

Chhattisgarh government had filed an affidavit in the apex court alleging an attempt was made to influence the Medical Board of the Kolkata Hospital.

The affidavit filed by the state government said a delegation led by the associates of a rights activist had met the Medical Superintendent of NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata and submitted a memorandum regarding the medical examination of Sori.

"A bare reading of the memorandum reveals that it was an attempt to influence the Medical Board," the affidavit filed by Atul Jha said. It said that during the course of hearing, the state government had in good faith accepted the suggestion for the independent medical examination of Sori at the Kolkata hospital.

"The matter is sub-judice before this court and there was no reason which required a meeting with the Medical Superintendent of the NRS Medical College, Kolkata," the Chhattisgarh government said.

The affidavit said the associates of Chhattisgarh based-rights activist Himanshu Kumar had submitted the memorandum on October 22 to the Medical Superintendent of Kolkata hospital telling him as to "how Sori should be examined", which was not permitted by the court in its October 20 order. She was discharged on October 29.

(Agencies)