Bail For Poet Varavara Rao In Arson Case Day After Bhima-Koregaon Relief

Bail For Poet Varavara Rao In Arson Case Day After Bhima-Koregaon Relief

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Poet-activist Varavara Rao lawyers said he had sought bail on health grounds. (File)

Poet-activist Varavara Rao was granted bail on medical grounds today in connection with a 2016 case of arson at an iron ore mine in Maharashtra.

The 82-year-old, currently at Mumbai's Nanavati hospital, was granted bail for six months yesterday by the High Court in the Bhima-Koregaon case on similar grounds.

The activist suffers from many ailments including symptoms of dementia, his lawyers say.

Mr Rao's lawyers Firdos Mirza and Nihalsingh Rathod said he had sought bail on health grounds and not on merits of the case involving arson at the Surjagarh iron mine. They also referred to yesterday's order.

Today's case involves an incident on December 25, 2016, when Maoists set fire to some 80 vehicles transporting iron ore from the Surjagarh mines in Gadchiroli.

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