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Elgar Parishad case: Bombay HC allows a relative to meet Varavara Rao | India News


MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday allowed relatives of the poet Varavara Rao to meet him at Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai, where the 81-year-old man is receiving treatment for Covid-19.
A bank of judges RD Dhanuka and VG Bisht granted permission to add that the meeting would be subject to hospital protocol to grant access to relatives of Covid-19 victims.
Rao, charged in the Elgar Parishad-Koregaon Bhima case, tested positive for coronavirus on July 16 and has been receiving treatment at Nanavati Hospital.
The HC granted permission after Additional Attorney General Anil Singh, a lawyer for the National Investigative Agency (NIA), told the court that the agency had no objection to Rao’s family being able to meet him, or that his family was informed of their state of health, subject to hospital protocols. .
Rao filed a statement earlier this month through his lawyer Sudeep Pasbola seeking bail.
Attorney Pasbola also urged the court to let the poet know his family, saying that he was “almost on his deathbed.”
On Tuesday, both the state government and the NIA told HC that they had no objection to Rao’s family seeing him, or receiving an update on his health.
The bank accepted his presentation and said: “In view of the statement made by the Alternate Attorney General, members of the petitioner’s family may visit the petitioner who is admitted to the Nanavati Super Specialties Hospital, however, subject to the protocol of the hospital and in accordance with government regulations regarding Covid-19 patients. ”
Earlier in the day, the court ordered the Nanavati Hospital to file a report in court on Rao’s state of health and the nature of the medical treatment provided to him.
The court had said that once it reviews the hospital report, it will decide on the statement made by Rao’s family looking for a copy of the report.
The court will also hear arguments about Rao’s release on bail after the hospital makes its report.
He instructed the hospital authorities to submit the report on Rao’s health and treatment within three days of receiving the communication on the court order.
HC is likely to hear the matter on August 7 this year.

Times of India