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Koregaon-Bhima Case: 80-Year-Old Activist Varavara Rao Denied Bail

The 80-year-old was arrested in January 2018 and charged under a stringent anti-terror law

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Koregaon-Bhima Case: 80-Year-Old Activist Varavara Rao Denied Bail
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Koregaon-Bhima Case: 80-Year-Old Activist Varavara Rao Denied Bail
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2020-11-12T17:40:33+05:30

Poet-activist Varavara Rao, in jail for over two years in the Koregaon-Bhima case, has been denied bail, the Bombay High Court said on Thursday after his family requested that he be freed urgently because of his worsening health.

The court said doctors could examine him via video call and would visit him if needed.

According to NDTV, the family's lawyer Indira Jaising argued before the High Court, saying that his health was fast deteriorating. He said, "He is bedridden. He is on diapers. He can't control urination. He is with a urine bag. His catheter has not been removed. Is this man going to run away from justice?"

Bombay High Court said a video call should be arranged today if possible and said the case would be heard again on November 17.

"To assess the present condition of Varavara Rao, it will be appropriate to have a video medical examination. All parties agree that video consultation can be arranged today or tomorrow morning by doctors of Nanavati hospital who made the July 30 report," said the court.

The 80-year-old was arrested in January 2018 and charged under a stringent anti-terror law, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, which allows detention without trial for years.

He has been in Taloja Jail near Mumbai. Co-accused Stan Swamy had called lawyers and informed them that Rao was severely unwell,  Jaising said.

"I am seeking an urgent interim relief to shift Varavara Rao from Taloja jail to Nanavati Hospital. Ultimate relief I am seeking is that he be set at liberty as his rights are being violated," Jaising told the court.


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