SC issues notice to NIA on Varavara Rao’s permanent bail plea: Bhima Koregaon Case.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the National Investigation Authority (NIA) on a petition filed by social activist and poet Dr. P Varavara Rao.
He is accused in the 2018 Bhima Koregaon violence case, seeking bail on medical grounds.
A bench of Justices UU Lalit, S Ravindra Bhat, and Sudhanshu Dhulia said its order to extend the interim bail granted to Rao on medical grounds would continue.
SC issues notice to NIA: A final hearing is to be held on August 10.
The top court has now fixed August 10 for the final hearing of the matter. “The interim protection granted earlier on medical grounds has been extended till further orders,” the bench said in its order.
Earlier, the apex court had extended Rao’s interim bail till further orders.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appeared for the NIA while senior advocate Anand Grover represented Rao.
Rao has challenged the April 13 judgment of the Bombay High Court which had dismissed his plea for permanent bail.
However, the high court had extended the time for Rao to surrender before the Taloja jail authorities by three months to enable him to undergo cataract surgery.
The High Court had also rejected Rao’s application to stay in Hyderabad instead of Mumbai while out on bail.
Any prisoner will ring the death knell: Rao.
In his appeal, Rao has stated that he has been in jail for more than two years as an undertrial, and is currently released on bail on medical grounds by the Bombay High Court.
“Any further imprisonment will sound the death knell for him as aging and deteriorating health is a fatal combination,” the petition said.
Rao challenged the order of the High Court.
Rao has challenged the High Court order as he was not extended the bail period despite his age and precarious and deteriorating health condition.
His request to be shifted to Hyderabad was not even heard.
Rao was arrested on August 28, 2018.
Rao was arrested from his house in Hyderabad on August 28, 2018, and is an under-trial in the Bhima Koregaon case,
The Pune Police had registered the case against him under IPC and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (Prevention) Act at Vishrambagh police station on January 8, 2018.
An FIR was registered under various sections of several provisions of UAPA.
Rao was detained on 17 November 2018.
Rao, who was initially placed under house arrest as per the apex court’s order, was eventually taken into police custody on November 17, 2018, and later shifted to Taloja Jail.
The hearing of the case will take 10 years.
Rao, in his appeal, said that overall the trial of the case would take at least ten years.
He said, one of the accused in the case, Father Stan Swamy, who was suffering from the same ailments as the petitioner, died before the commencement of the trial.
Rao was released from jail on March 6.
In February 2021, the Bombay High Court granted him interim bail on medical grounds, after which he was released from jail on March 6, 2021.