The Bombay High Court on Thursday granted relief to poet-activist Varavara Rao in the Elgaar Parishad-Maoist relationship case. The court has extended the period given for his surrender till October 28. The court also said that till then he need not surrender before the Taloja jail authorities.
A bench of Justices Nitin Jamadar and S V Kotwal on Thursday extended till October 28 the period given to Rao to surrender and said the court will hear further on October 26. The bench also said that the hearing on the extension of bail granted to him would be taken up on October 26. Rao (82) was granted bail by the High Court on February 22 this year on medical grounds for six months.
The request was made to extend the bail period
He was to surrender on September 5 and return to judicial custody. However, Rao, through his advocate R Satyanarayana and advocate Anand Grover, had moved an application last month, requesting an extension of the bail. Rao had also sought permission to stay in his hometown of Hyderabad while he was out of jail on bail. The petition further states that he is living in a rented flat in Mumbai, which makes it difficult to live in the city depending on his pension as income along with other expenses.
NIA is probing the matter
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is probing the Elgar Parishad-Maoist relationship case. The NIA opposed Rao’s plea for extension of medical bail and request to be allowed to go to Hyderabad, saying his medical report does not indicate that he has any serious illness. Rao is living with his wife in a rented house in Mumbai under strict bail conditions prescribed by the High Court.