Updated: October 14, 2021 2:19:02 pm
The Bombay High Court on Thursday extended till October 28 the time to surrender for Elgar Parishad accused Varavara Rao, who has sought extension of his medical bail and permission to shift to his residence at Hyderabad in Telangana, citing ill health and high expenses in Mumbai.
The octogenarian, arrested in the Elgaar Parishad case in 2018, was granted medical bail by the HC on February 22 for six months. The court had said he would have to either surrender or seek another extension based on his health condition after six months.
A division bench of Justice Nitin M Jamdar and Justice Sarang V Kotwal could not hear Rao’s plea due to paucity of time and said that it will hear the same later this month. However, it extended till October 28 an earlier interim order which had extended the time to surrender till October 14.
Rao’s plea stated that the six-month period from his release ended on September 5 and he continues to suffer from various ailments that require treatment.
The 81-year-old’s petition added that medical reports show that he has asymptomatic Parkinson’s disease, neurological ailments and severe abdomen pain showing evidence of umbilical hernia.
The petition further said that he has been residing in a rented flat in Mumbai, which along with other expenses makes it difficult to live in the city depending solely on his pension as income.
The HC in its order had set a condition that he could not leave the city. The petition sought modification of the condition seeking that he be allowed to return to his permanent home in Telangana. It added that he has followed all conditions set by the court.
The HC will hear Rao’s pleas next on October 26.
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