Supreme Court grants bail to activist Varavara Rao on medical grounds

Varavara Rao

The Supreme Court Wednesday granted bail to activist Varavara Rao, an accused within the Bhima Koregaon case, on medical grounds, information company PTI reported.

While granting bail, a bench headed by Justice U U Lalit mentioned he shall not misuse the freedom in any method.

The 83-year-old, who has challenged the Bombay High Court order rejecting his petition for everlasting medical bail, is at present on interim bail on medical grounds and was to give up on July 12. The apex courtroom had on July 12 prolonged Rao’s interim safety until additional orders.

The case pertains to alleged inflammatory speeches made on the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune on December 31, 2017, which the police claimed triggered violence the following day near the Koregaon-Bhima conflict memorial on the outskirts of the western Maharashtra metropolis.  The Pune police had additionally claimed that the conclave was organised by individuals with alleged Maoist hyperlinks. The NIA later took over the probe into the matter.

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Rao was arrested on August 28, 2018 from his Hyderabad residence and is an under-trial within the case. An FIR was lodged by the Pune Police on January 8, 2018 below varied sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

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