Elgar Parishad Case: NIA Says Poet Varavara Rao Stable, Asks HC to Reject His Medical Bail Plea
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday urged the Bombay High Court to reject the plea for bail on medical grounds filed by poet-activist Varavara Rao, arrested in the Elgar-Parishad-Maoist links case, arguing that his present health condition is stable. Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, who appeared for the NIA, reminded the court that Rao's medical reports from the Nanavati Hospital, from earlier this month, stated that he was stable and fit to be discharged.
He pointed out that the Maharashtra government had made a statement before the HC last week, saying once discharged from the private hospital, Rao (81) will not be sent back to the Taloja prison in Navi Mumbai, but instead, he will be admitted to the prison ward of state-run JJ Hospital here and given requisite medical care. "His (Rao's) medical reports, his present health condition is stable, and the state's statement takes care of all the prayers made in these pleas," Singh said.