Bhima Koregaon: HC extends Varavara Rao’s medical bail till March 3

The Bombay High Court on Saturday extended till March 3 the time allotted to Elgaar Parishad case accused and renowned poet Varavara Rao to return to jail.

Varavara Rao had been granted medical bail for six months on 22 February, last year, and was later allowed to extend it till 28 February, 2022.

Rao told the court that the six-month period following his release from jail had ended on September 5, 2021, and that he continues to suffer from various ailments.

Rao added that medical reports showed he has asymptomatic Parkinson’s disease, neurological ailments and severe abdomen pain, indicating evidence of umbilical hernia.

The 82 year old Rao also sought modification of the HC’s condition that he must not leave Mumbai, seeking instead that he be allowed to return to Telangana.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Justice Shukre-led bench posted Rao’s plea for default bail to March 1.