The High Court of Bombay has given interim bail to the poet-cum-activist Varavara Rao, Aged 81 for medical reasons in Bhima-Koregaon case.
Varavara Rao is presently undergoing treatment at Mumbai’s Nanavati hospital where he has been admitted by Maharashtra Govt after the intervention from High Court last year.
The court has instructed Rao to stay in Mumbai and be readily available for investigation whenever asked.
While pronouncing the order, the Bombay HC bench of Justices S. S. Shinde and Manish Pitale asserted that if it does not grant bail to Rao then it might fail in its duty to protect the principles and dignity of human rights and a citizen’s fundamental rights to life and health.
The High Court has also asked Rao to not to try contacting any of the co-accused under any circumstances and submit his passport before the National Investigation agency. The High Court has also instructed him to submit a personal bond of ₹ 50,000 and two sureties of the same amount.
Varavaro Rao is an accused in the popular Bhima-Koregaon case along with nine other activists. The police have alleged that the provocative speeches made at the Elgar Parishad conclave in Pune in December 2017 led to violence the next day. He has been in custody since August 2018 awaiting trial in the case.