In a landmark case, the Bombay High Court on Monday has granted bail to Dr Varavara Rao on medical grounds. The bail bond has been sent on Rs 50,000/-.
As per the latest reports, the 82-year-old Rao received the bail from the Bombay High Court after two separate pleas. The first plea was submitted by Rao himself and the other one was filed by his wife Pendyala Hemlatha. She seeked the court’s intervention after she sought that Rao’s fundamental right to health.
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The order for his bail was passed by the Bench of Justices SS Shinde and Manish Pitale. The Bench said that his condition under the trial has been derailing. And it’d be inappropriate to keep him in jail. The bench further said that they are of the opinion that Rao’s case is genuine and fits the case of granting a bail under their constitutional duties as the protector of human rights and rights to health under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution.
Justice Shinde further imposed the conditions which would ensure that he wouldn’t take undue advantage of his bail. Rao has been granted the bail on the condition that he’ll stay within the jurisdiction of the Special NIA Court in Mumbai.
He has also been ordered to mark his presence to the nearest police stations via Whatsapp Video Call. He shall not be indulged in any of the activities or similar activities which led to his FIR in the first place. Rao is not allowed to speak to media either.
Soon after the Court announced the verdict, Anil Singh, Additional Solicitor General filed a plea to put a hold on the order for three weeks. But the court rejected his pela. The court further said that Rao has to be present for trial dates throughout the bail period of six months. But he can apply for an exemption from physically visiting the court.
Rao is currency admitted at the Nanavati Hospital. This comes after Deepak Thakare, the Chief Public Prosecutor informed that the State Home Minister would shift Rao to a private hospital as a special case. During the hearing of the case, the Court asked the lawyers to go with a humanitarian approach. They said that the lawyers must keep in mind that Rao is above 80 years old with a derailing health. They further expressed their apprehensions if Rao was kept in jail, his health would further decline.
Rao was arrested on August 28, 2018 in his home in Hyderabad. He was arrested in the case of inciting violence in the Bhima-Koregaon region on January 1, 2018. The police claimed that his speeches made during an event were responsible for the inciting riot-like situation the next day. He reportedly made speeches to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi.