Activist and poet Varavara Rao was discharged from Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital on Saturday, officials said.
Activist Varavara Rao was arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case in June 2018
Advocate Indira Jaising said since last February, activist-poet Varavara Rao, arrested for links with Maoists, has spent 149 days of his jail time in hospital and appealed for interim bail
Varavara Rao was arrested in the Elgar-Parishad-Maoist links case in June 2018.
Rao has been in and out of hospital since he was arrested in June 2018 and lodged in Taloja prison in neighbouring Navi Mumbai.
The 81-year-old Bhima Koregaon convict suffers from neurological ailments and needs post-Covid-19 care
Varavara Rao, however, will continue to stay in Nanavati Hospital at least till Monday, the next date of hearing on his bail plea
The 81-year-old activist was admitted to Nanavati hospital on November 18.
Telugu poet-activist will be shifted to Mumbai's Nanavati hospital for 15 days.
The National Investigating Agency has summoned Poet-Activist Varavara Rao's Sons-in-law for questioning in connection with the Elgar Parishad case.
It has been eleven days since Varavara Rao's family saw the physically weak and psychologically suffering poet on video conference and there is still no news from anywhere--hospital or jail.
Varavara Rao's lawyer told the Bombay High Court that the activist was 'almost on his deathbed' with Covid-19 infection and other ailments.
The major responsibility of persisting incarceration of Varavara Rao, despite his age, health issues and Covid vulnerability, lies with the judicial administration, writes N Venugopal, nephew of jailed poet-activist.
Varavara Rao, 80-year-old, was shifted to the government-run hospital in south Mumbai after he complained of giddiness. Rao took a Covid test and he tested positive.
Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj, P Varavara Rao, and Gautam Navlakha, were initially put under house arrest on directions of the Supreme Court.
The court was hearing the plea filed against the arrest of the rights activists -- Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha -- in the case.
In its earlier hearing on the case, the SC had said: “Dissent is the safety valve of democracy... the pressure cooker will burst if you don’t allow the safety valves."
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