Mumbai: The Bombay high court on Thursday mentioned poet-activist Varavara Rao, an accused within the Elgar Parishad-Maoist hyperlinks case, need not surrender earlier than the Taloja jail authorities until October 28.
The court additionally mentioned it can hear on October 26 his plea looking for extension of the bail granted to him.
Rao, 82, was granted interim bail for six months on medical grounds by the HC on February 22 this year. He was scheduled to surrender and return to judicial custody on September 5.
However, Rao filed an application final month by his lawyer R Sathyanarayanan and senior counsel Anand Grover, looking for extension of the bail.
He additionally sought permission to remain in his hometown Hyderabad whereas out on bail. The NIA, which is conducting a probe into the Elgar Parishad-Maoist hyperlinks case, nevertheless, opposed Rao’s plea for extension of medical bail and shifting to Hyderabad, saying his medical studies do not point out that he suffers from any severe ailment.
In its affidavit filed earlier than the HC final month, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had mentioned the medical studies filed by Rao did not disclose any main ailment, which necessitates him to take therapy in Hyderabad, neither did it kind a floor for additional extension of the bail.
NIA additional mentioned in its affidavit that the Taloja jail, positioned in neighbouring Navi Mumbai, had sufficient well being care amenities and Rao may be supplied with the “best medical facilities” within the jail. As a part of the stringent circumstances imposed on his interim bail by the HC, Rao has been staying together with his spouse at a rented lodging in Mumbai. At the time when he was granted bail, an ailing Rao was present process therapy for a number of illnesses on the city-based Nanavati Hospital, a personal medical facility, the place he had been admitted by the state jail authorities following the HC’s intervention.
On Thursday, a bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and SV Kotwal prolonged the time granted to Rao to surrender until October 28, and mentioned it can hear his plea additional on October 26.
In his plea looking for extension of medical bail and modification of bail circumstances, Rao had mentioned that as per medical doctors on the Nanavati Hospital, he’s suspected to have a neurological problem, often called cluster headache, that wants additional examination.
Rao additional mentioned within the plea that he continues to undergo from a number of illnesses, together with urinary tract an infection with recurrent hyponatremia, suspicion of Parkinsons’ illness, lacunar infarcts in six main lobes of the brain, and a few eye issues.
He mentioned in his plea that if he returned to custody within the Taloja jail, that was not outfitted to cater to his medical issues, his well being will surely deteriorate and he may die. Thus, he sought that his medical bail be prolonged for an additional six months.
Rao additionally mentioned in his plea that he discovered dwelling in Mumbai and accessing well being amenities within the metropolis unaffordable, and urged the HC to let him keep in Hyderabad whereas out in bail.
The case pertains to alleged inflammatory speeches delivered on the ‘Elgar Parishad’ conclave, held at Shaniwarwada in Pune on December 31, 2017, which, the police claimed, triggered violence the following day close to the Koregaon-Bhima conflict memorial positioned on town’s outskirts.
The Pune police had claimed the conclave was backed by Maoists.