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Abdicating constitutional duties if we didn’t grant bail, says Bombay HC in Varavara Rao case

Varavara Rao, the 82-year-old activist who arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case, was granted bail on medical grounds for six months. Read the full court order here.

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New Delhi: The Bombay High Court Monday granted six months bail to poet-activist Varavara Rao on medical grounds in the Elgar Parishad case. The 82-year-old is currently admitted in Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital.

A bench of Justices S.S. Shinde and Manish Pitale took into account Rao’s advanced age and ailments and ordered that, depending on his current health condition, the poet be discharged from the hospital and released on bail immediately after.

The court, however, imposed certain conditions on Rao’s bail — he has been asked to stay in Mumbai and deposit a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and two sureties of the like amount. Rao will also have to attend all case hearings, respond to court summons, and make fortnightly WhatsApp video calls to the Mumbai Police.

Once the six-month period is over, Rao will have to surrender before the NIA, or apply to the high court for extension of the bail.

Read the full court order here:


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