PRISON AUTHORITIES instructed the Bombay High Court on Thursday that Telugu poet Varavara Rao, who’s an accused within the Elgaar Parishad case, could be moved to the jail ward of the state-run JJ Hospital. The state authorities additionally submitted that Rao’s relations shall be allowed to go to him primarily based on hospital protocols throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
A division bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice Manish Pitale was listening to a plea filed by Rao’s spouse Pendyala Hemalatha, in search of his launch on bail on the grounds of poor well being from Taloja Central Jail in Navi Mumbai.
On Wednesday, National Investigation Agency (NIA) assured the HC that services to guard prisoners from numerous illnesses and illnesses have improved and, therefore, there was no hurt in shifting Rao to Taloja jail hospital from Nanavati hospital in Mumbai.
The HC directed Rao’s counsel to file an affidavit on the services not out there at Taloja jail hospital on the idea of which Rao requires medical bail, in order that the bench can confirm the claims with authorities earlier than deciding on the plea.
The NIA objected to the affidavit filed by the petitioner stating that it was primarily based on inputs from Rao’s co-accused, who’re at present lodged at Taloja, and acknowledged that info concerning services out there must be Rao’s phrases and never his fellow inmates or member of the family.
Senior Counsel Indira Jaising, representing the petitioner, submitted that as Rao is previous and has an underlying medical situation, which might be life threatening if not saved below management, the courtroom may grant him bail.
She additional added that although Rao was an accused and imprisoned, that didn’t imply that he needed to forgo his elementary rights to lifetime of dignity and well being.
When the bench inquired with Chief Public Prosecutor Deepak Thakare, representing the state authorities, he responded, “As has fallen from the court to argue on human grounds, and what has come from the court, subject to the arguments by NIA, I have been instructed to make this submission. Rao will be shifted to the prison ward in JJ hospital. And he will be given all care.”
Thakare added, “His (Rao) family members will be allowed to visit subject to protocols, and the treatment given in Nanavati hospital will continue.”
Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, representing NIA, will start his arguments on the plea on the subsequent listening to on January 27.