NIA court rejects Elgar Parishad case accused Varavara Rao’s plea for nod to travel to Hyderabad for cataract surgery | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Mumbai on Friday rejected a plea made by Telugu poet P Varavara Rao, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, for permission to travel to Hyderabad for three months for a cataract surgery.
In August this year, the Supreme Court had granted the 82-year-old medical bail. He was arrested on August 28, 2018 from his home in Hyderabad.
The case originally registered by the Pune police on January 8, 2018 and transferred to the NIA in January 2020, is under the anti-terror law of Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act (UAPA) as well as waging war against the Indian government under section 121A of the IPC and other offences.
Advocate Neeraj Yadav appearing for Rao seeking bail before special judge Rajesh Katariya argued that since his release he has not flouted any bail conditions and he wants to travel to Hyderabad because as a pensioner of Telangana government he would get his surgery done free of cost and from his release till today he has spent about Rs 10 lakhs to stay within the NIA jurisdiction. He is not able to afford the surgery in Mumbai.
The NIA special public prosecutor Prakash Shetty opposed his plea saying Rao could get necessary and top medical treatment in Mumbai and his travel plea is to defeat the bail conditions.
He said the SC has on a petition filed by a co-accused said that charges be framed within three months in the case.
Mahesh Raut, a co-accused in the case, also sought medical treatment and the court directed the jail superintendent to provide necessary medical aid and to refer the accused to a government hospital if required.
On a plea by the accused for mosquito nets, the court sought a report from the jail. Meanwhile, the plea of the accused seeking discharge from the case was adjourned to September 27.
In February 2021, the Bombay high court had granted Rao bail for six months initially on medical grounds but directed him to reside in Mumbai and not leave the city without prior permission of the NIA court.
Later in April 2022, the HC did not accept his plea for a permanent medical bail but extended it by three months within which he went to the SC which on August 10 granted him permanent medical bail and later granted him liberty to make his Hyderabad travel plea before the NIA court.





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