Political Prisoner Varavara Rao Petitions Supreme Court For Permanent Medical Bail

Mumbai, June 30, 2022: Telugu poet and political prisoner Varavara Rao, an accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, approached the Supreme Court seeking permanent bail on medical grounds on Thursday, June 30.

The matter has been listed for 11 July, after Rao’s plea was mentioned by his counsel, senior advocate Anand Grover before a vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala, reported Bar and Bench.

Previously in April, a Bombay High Court bench of Justices SB Shukre and GA Sanap had rejected Rao’s plea for bail, and also dismissed his application seeking permission to stay in Telangana during the course of the trial.

However, the High Court had extended his temporary bail by three months.

Further in May, the Bombay High Court had rejected Rao’s plea, filed along with Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira, seeking review of the High Court’s December 2021 judgment in which it had refused default bail.

Rao was charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, or UAPA, in 2018. He was first taken to Pune’s Yerwada prison and later shifted to Taloja. At Yerwada, he was reportedly denied a blanket during winter. The jail authorities also refused to provide him a wheelchair, even though he was unable to walk. His family had to approach Bombay High Court to get him access to both. When Rao was shifted to Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital in May 2020, he had lost 20 kilos, his family claimed.

He was finally relieved on medical bail from Taloja Central Prison in February 2021.

Source : https://www.thequint.com/news/law/varavara-rao-moves-supreme-court-for-bail-in-bhima-koregaon-case#read-more