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Since Feb 2020, Varavara Rao Has Spent 149 Days In Hospitals: High Court Told

Indira Jaising stated Rao had been arrested merely on the idea of some digital proof discovered.


Of the 12 months since final February, jailed activist-poet Varavara Rao spent 149 days within the hospital, his counsel Indira Jaising advised the Bombay Excessive Court docket Monday to spotlight his poor well being situation and push for interim bail within the Elgar-Parishad-Maoist hyperlinks case.

The truth that Rao spent virtually half the time in a number of hospitals made clear his poor well being situation, Jaising stated whereas arguing that the 82-year-old poet’s continued incarceration was a breach of his basic proper to life and well being.

She urged the court docket to let Rao out of the Taloja jail the place he’s lodged as an undertrial, and to allow him to go dwelling and keep together with his household in Hyderabad.

“Life is pricey to everybody, together with a prisoner, and the court docket is right here to guard it,” the senior advocate advised a bench of Justices SS Shinde and Manish Pitale.

“The file speaks for itself, out of the 12 months in a yr he has spent 149 days in hospitals,” she stated.

The bench was listening to a writ petition and a medical bail plea filed by Rao via his counsel, senior advocate Anand Grover, and a writ petition filed by Rao’s spouse Pendyala Hemlatha, via Jaising, alleging a breach of his basic rights as a consequence of continued incarceration.

Each Grover and Jaising urged the HC to let Rao out on interim bail even when for a restricted interval of three months, and with any situation that the court docket deemed match.

Each counsels reiterated that Rao, presently admitted to Nanavati Hospital within the metropolis, required fixed monitoring and medical support that the Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai will likely be unable to supply.

Jaising cited the case of 38-year-old UAPA accused Kanchan Nanaware, who died on January 24.

Nanaware died after six years of incarceration, earlier than the trial towards her might start and earlier than her medical bail was determined, Jaising advised the court docket.

She advised the court docket that Rao’s continued incarceration was “incompatible” together with his well being.

“It is a victimless crime, loss of life penalty won’t be attracted as he has not killed anybody,” she stated, referring to the 2017-18 Elgar Parishad-Maoist hyperlinks case, by which he’s an accused.

“He’s neurologically compromised. One of the best therapy is with family and friends,” Jaising stated.

Jaising stated Rao had been arrested merely on the idea of some digital proof discovered on a co-accused’s pc.

“Whereas stating that his crimes have been severe, what have been his crimes? Some proof was present in a co-accuseds digital information which mentions his identify. However that can be a purported conspiracy,” she stated.

Grover argued that Rao should be permitted to be taken care of by his household at their dwelling in order that he was match to face trial.

He reminded the court docket that Rao had confronted trial in 24 instances previously and that he had both been acquitted or discharged in all however one.

Grover learn out one in all Rao’s poems to point out his spirit, to inform the court docket that even in his current situation, the octogenarian was keen to face trial.


Within the poem, Rao stated he borrowed the strains of legendary Hindi author Munshi Premchand to say he was a “kalam ka sipahi” (A soldier with a pen).

“He’s wiling to go on for trial. He needs to, to point out that he has not accomplished something. The opposite instances towards him, he was acquitted. For him, this case is simply one other case,”

Grover stated.

Responding to the Maharashtra authorities’s earlier assertion that when discharged from personal Nanavati Hospital, Rao will likely be despatched to the jail ward of the state-run JJ Hospital, and never the Taloja jail, Grover stated retaining the poet within the authorities facility would quantity to “torture.”

The Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA), nonetheless, maintained that given the state’s assurance of sending Rao to the JJ Hospital, the court docket needn’t grant him medical bail.

The court docket nonetheless, remarked {that a} speedy trial was thought of a part of a citizen’s basic proper, and within the current case fees have been but to be framed and 200 witnesses have been nonetheless not examined.

Extra Solicitor Basic Anil Singh, who appeared for the NIA , nonetheless, stated a lot of witnesses in a case couldn’t be the bottom for granting somebody medical bail.

“It’s the accountability of the state to deal with his (Rao’s) well being, and the state is doing so,” Singh stated.

He stated the Nanavati Hospital had already licensed that Rao was match to be discharged from the hospital and that he didn’t have dementia at current.

However the court docket identified that Rao’s medical experiences from final yr talked about he suffered from dementia.

“How can we ignore the experiences of JJ Hospital, St George and Taloja jail hospital? We won’t go by the final report solely. St. George report from final yr mentions dementia,” the court docket stated.

The HC closed all arguments within the case and reserved its verdict on Rao’s medical bail plea and Hemlatha’s writ petition.

Until the court docket’s verdict, Rao will stay within the Nanavati Hospital. After arrest, Rao has been in police after which in judicial custody since August 28, 2018, awaiting trial.

The case associated to alleged inflammatory speeches made on the “Elgar Parishad” conclave held in Pune on December 31, 2017, which, the police claimed, triggered violence the subsequent day close to the Koregaon-Bhima battle memorial positioned on the outskirts of the western Maharashtra metropolis.

The police have claimed the conclave was organised by folks with alleged Maoist hyperlinks. A number of activists and academicians have been named as accused within the case.

The case was initially probed by the Pune police and later it was handed over to the NIA.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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