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Bombay HC says Varavara Rao need not surrender till Sep 25; NIA opposes his bail extension plea

Rao was granted medical bail in February for six months till September 5, following which he was expected to surrender or approach the court for a further extension of bail based on his health condition.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: September 7, 2021 9:57:37 am
Varavara Rao (82), who was granted interim bail on medical grounds in February 22 this year, was scheduled to surrender and return to judicial custody on September 5. (Express File Photo: Arul Horizon)

The Bombay High Court on Monday said that poet Varavara Rao will not have to surrender till September 25, when it hears his plea seeking extension of his medical bail plea in the Elgaar Parishad case.

Rao was granted medical bail in February for six months till September 5, following which he was expected to surrender or approach the court for a further extension of bail based on his health condition.

A division bench of Justice S S Shinde and Justice N J Jamadar said on Monday that it will only be able to hear his plea on September 24 and granted time to Rao till then.

Rao’s plea, filed through lawyer R Satyanarayanan, had said that he continues to suffer from various ailments. It has also sought that the 81-year-old be allowed to shift to his home in Hyderabad as the bail condition that he cannot leave the city was putting a financial burden on him.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has opposed Rao’s application stating that jail authorities are providing best medical facilities as per the prison manual. It also said that the ailments mentioned by Rao, including surgeries for cataract and hernia, can be performed under the supervision of government doctors in state-run hospitals.

The central agency has added that the issue about shifting him to Hyderabad has already been dealt with in the earlier order where the same prayer was made. It said that his medical reports “do not disclose any major ailment”, which necessitated Rao to be treated at Hyderabad.

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