Telugu poet and accused in the Elgar Parishad, Varavara Rao, has moved to the Supreme Court challenging the judgment of the Bombay High Court rejecting his bail plea.
The appeal was mentioned by Advocate Anand Grover before the vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala and sought an early hearing. Grover said, “He (Rao) is 82-years-old. Please hear about reopening.” The Bench agreed to hear the matter on July 11.
The bench of Justices SB Shukre and GA Sanap had rejected Rao’s plea for bail in April and also dismissed his application stating that he should be allowed to move to Hyderabad from Mumbai as it was difficult for him to bear the expenses in Mumbai.
However, owing to his pending medical treatment, the court had extended his temporary bail for three more months, thus giving him some more time to approach the Supreme Court. Thus, the court had granted Rao time to surrender back in prison. It was in 2021 that Rao was granted temporary medical bail owing to his deteriorating health while he was imprisoned at Taloja prison.
The high court had observed that, “On going through the record, we have not come across an iota of material to conclude that all the expert medical officers who have examined the accused have acted under the influence of NIA.”
“The seriousness and severity of the crime will remain till the time the accused is pronounced not guilty of the crime alleged to have been committed. The role attributed to the accused is serious. He is one of the main conspirators. Therefore, in our opinion, on medical grounds, the accused is not entitled to get bail,” the High Court said.
All the accused in the case are charged under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).