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“Free At Last”: Poet Varavara Rao, 81, Released After Last Month’s Bail


Varavara Rao had been in custody since August 28, 2018, awaiting trial.

New Delhi:

Varavara Rao, the 81-year-old poet-activist who has been in jail for over two years within the Koregaon-Bhima case, walked out of the Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital late Saturday after being granted bail for six months by the Bombay Excessive Court docket on medical grounds final month.

He was present process therapy on the hospital the place was admitted by the Maharashtra authorities following the excessive court docket’s intervention. His lawyer Indira Jaisingh posted a photograph of the poet-activist on Twitter.

Mr Rao has been requested by the court docket to stay in Mumbai and be accessible for investigation at any time when wanted. He may also should submit his passport earlier than the NIA (Nationwide Investigation Company) court docket, and he has been forbidden to determine any contact along with his co-accused within the case. He has to submit a private bond of Rs 50,000 and two sureties of the identical quantity.

He had been in custody since August 28, 2018, awaiting trial within the case.

The excessive court docket on February 22 mentioned if it didn’t grant Mr Rao medical bail, it might be abdicating its obligation to guard the rules of human rights and a citizen’s basic rights to life and well being.

“We’re relieved. It’s a huge reduction for us. As a result of for the final 2.5 years, nobody was getting even a small reduction on this case. That is the primary reduction within the BK (Bhima-Koregaon) case. We’re very blissful however the situation is there that we have now to be in Mumbai. We’ve got to consider that and plan. We are going to speak to the legal professionals,” Mr Rao’s daughter Pavani mentioned.

Final month, Indira Jaising highlighted his poor well being situation earlier than the Bombay Excessive Court docket, saying that of the 12 months since final February, he spent 149 days in hospital. She urged the court docket to let Mr Rao out of Maharashtra’s Taloja jail the place he’s lodged as an undertrial and to allow him to go dwelling and keep along with his household in Hyderabad.

The case, being probed by the Nationwide Investigation Company, entails allegations of provocative speeches made on the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune on December 31, 2017, which the police claimed led to violence the following day close to the Koregaon-Bhima warfare memorial.

Varavara Rao and 9 different activists have been accused of plotting the violence with Maoists. Mr Rao, who headed “Veerasam”, an affiliation of revolutionary writers, has strongly denied the cost.

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