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Elgar Parishad case: Varavara Rao moves Bombay HC for bail

Jul 13, 2020 20:12 IST

Mumbai, PTI:- Poet and activist Varavara Rao, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, on Monday approached the Bombay High Court seeking temporary bail owing to his deteriorating medical condition and the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic. The 80-year-old activist filed two petitions in the HC through his advocate R Satyanarayan Iyer one challenging a June 26 order passed by the special NIA court rejecting his bail plea and the second seeking a direction to the authorities of Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai to produce his medical records. Rao, who is behind bars for almost two years, has sought temporary bail considering his medical condition and the prevailing Covid-19 situation. In the second plea, the poet-activist has sought a direction to the Taloja prison, where he is lodged, to produce his medical records post June 2, 2020, when he was discharged from state-run J J Hospital. The plea has also urged the court to direct the prison authorities to send Rao for medical check-up immediately and submit reports. Both the pleas are likely to be taken up for urgent hearing this week. Another accused in the case, Anand Teltumbde, on Monday filed an application before the special NIA court seeking to be released on default bail on the ground that the prosecuting agency, NIA, has not filed its chargesheet even after the stipulated 90-day period. Rao, Teltumbde and eight other activists have been arrested in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist link case which was initially probed by the Pune police and later transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in January this year. The case related to alleged inflammatory speeches made at the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune on December 31, 2017, which, the police claimed, triggered violence the next day near the Koregaon-Bhima war memorial located on the outskirts of the western Maharashtra city. The police have also claimed the conclave was organised by people with alleged Maoist links.

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