[Indian Express] Cops chargesheet Essar official, Soni Sori in ‘Naxal payoff case’

The Special investigation team (SIT) probing the alleged Essar-Naxal payoff case has chargesheeted a senior company official with serious offences, including sedition, for “providing financial support” to the insurgents.
The chargesheet filed on Tuesday, a day before the 180-day period was to expire, names Essar GM D V C S Verma, suspected Naxals Lingaram Kodapi, Soni Sori, company’s chief contractor B K Lala and top Naxal commanders Raghu and Vinod.

The SIT, headed by IG P N Tiwari, has charged the accused under Sections 121 (waging or attempting or abetting war against nation), 124 (A) (sedition) and 120 (B) ( criminal conspiracy) of IPC, as well as Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Chhattisgarh Special Public Safety Act. The chargesheet lists witnesses and Verma’s call details to claim he was providing Essar’s CSR money to the CPI (Maoist) through conduit Lala, the company’s chief contractor. […]

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